BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor John D. Graham has been named chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. The announcement was made Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C.
The EPA's Science Advisory Board was established in 1978 by the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Authorization Act to provide independent advice to the EPA administrator on a range of scientific and technical matters underlying its policy and regulatory decisions. The board is composed of experts in science, engineering and economics.
"I've known John Graham for years, and he is one of the best environmental scholars this country has to offer," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. "His advice has been influential during his time on the SAB, and I am looking to his future advice as board chair."
Graham, who served as dean of the O'Neill School from 2008 to 2019 and remains a full-time faculty member at the school, will serve a three-year term for the board.
A widely cited scholar in the field of risk analysis, Graham has authored or co-authored 10 books and more than 200 articles for academic journals and national publications. In March 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Graham to serve as administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. He founded and led the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis in 1990, bringing the center to international prominence for analytic contributions to environmental protection, injury prevention and medical technology innovation.
"Dr. Graham is a leading scholar of risk analysis and the use of scientific information in EPA decision-making," Harvard School of Public Health professor James Hammitt said. "He's an experienced and effective leader of academic and government institutions. Under his chairmanship, the SAB will provide a clear voice for soundly reasoned decision-making."
Graham has been a member of the Science Advisory Board for the past three years, giving him unique insight that Wheeler said will be of great value to the agency.
"The EPA will utilize the very talented expertise of its SAB to provide advice on those issues critical to the agency and its mission," Wheeler said. "I'm confident in their ability to help lead the board as it continues to take on more projects and work more efficiently than ever before."