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Patrick Beary Named Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships

December 11, 2018

Patrick Beary

Patrick Beary

Patrick Beary, an accomplished leader in environmental organizations and consultancies, has been named the new senior director of strategic partnerships for the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, a position that is partially supported by Provost Michael Kotlikoff's Radical Collaborations Sustainability Task Force.

In his new role, Beary will actively engage with Cornell researchers and external private- and public-sector entities—such as NGOs, corporations, and government agencies—in order to create partnerships and consortia that take sustainability ideas from the academy and turn them into real-world impact. While supporting and deepening the center’s current strategic partnerships, he will build and maintain new relationships with organizations committed to joining Cornell in co-creating large-scale, long-term sustainability initiatives.

Beary will report to director David Lodge and serve as a key member of the center's Executive Committee, while also working closely with counterparts in other units across Cornell, including the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, colleges and schools, and Alumni Affairs and Development to cultivate strategic partnerships and secure a broad range of funding support.

The result of an extensive nationwide search, Beary's hire is essential to executing the center's new strategic plan, which focuses on applying "knowledge-to-action" principles in solving sustainability challenges. By acting as the bridge between Atkinson working groups and external partners, he will accelerate the co-creation of research agendas and action plans that result in long-term sustainable solutions. He will also serve as an important resource for faculty who are leading collaborative research initiatives with Cornell and associated universities.

A veteran in the sustainability field, Beary was recruited from The Nature Conservancy, where he is currently director of corporate engagement, leading private-sector partnership strategy for global and regional agriculture and food system priorities. He brings with him critical experience working with NGOs and corporate partners, and a strong track record in building and managing cross-sector partnerships. Beary succeeds David Dieterich, who will retire in March from the Atkinson Center after more than 11 years of service.

"We couldn't be more excited to have Patrick joining the Atkinson Center," said David Lodge, the center's Francis J. Di Salvo Director. "This position, more than any other, will determine the future success we have in executing the core piece of our new strategic plan—building, and participating in, consortia of organizations to help shape Cornell research and increase its impact on opinions, practices, products, and policies. With his background in sustainable agriculture and food systems, his leadership ability, and his dedication to developing effective cross-sector relationships, Patrick is uniquely qualified for this position."

"I am thrilled to be joining the Atkinson Center team," noted Beary. "Creating a more sustainable future involves tackling complex challenges that do not respect the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and the private and public sectors. The Atkinson Center not only recognizes this dynamic, but has built its new strategic plan around it. I am excited to bring together the operations expertise of private- and public-sector organizations with Cornell's world-renowned research in order to transcend traditional problem-solving boundaries."

Beary will start his new role in early February.