Rick Clugston, Ph. D. coordinates the Sustainability and Global Affairs program at the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. He is also the Co-Director of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future and directs the Sustainable Development Programs of Forum 21. From 2009 to 2012, Rick directed the Earth Charter Project at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University.
From 1989 to 2009, Rick served as Executive Director of the Center for Respect of Life and Environment in Washington, DC, where he assisted religious and academic institutions in transforming their teaching and practices to support sustainability and directed Earth Charter US. Rick was publisher and editor of Earth Ethics: Evolving Values for an Earth Community and the Deputy Editor of The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (MCB University Publications).
Prior to coming to Washington, Rick worked at the University of Minnesota as a faculty member in the College of Human Ecology, and later as a strategic planner in Academic Affairs, Continuing Education and the Office of the President. He received his doctorate in Higher Education Policy and Planning from the University of Minnesota and his masters in Human Development from the University of Chicago.