Catawba College Welcomes De. Lee F. Ball, Jr. as Executive Director of the Center for the Environment
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lee Ball, Jr. to Catawba College as the Executive Director of the Center for the Environment,” said David P. Nelson, Catawba College President. “His extensive background and dedication to fostering a culture of environmental stewardship make him the perfect fit to guide us into a new era of sustainable growth and impact.”
As the Executive Director, Ball will play a key role in advancing Catawba’s commitment to environmental sustainability, fostering research, and promoting community engagement.
Ball has an extensive professional background. Most recently he has served as the Chief Sustainability Officer at Appalachian State University since 2015. There he played a pivotal role in advancing sustainability initiatives.
Throughout his career, Ball has demonstrated a passion for environmental education, sustainability, and community engagement. His diverse professional experiences include roles as a Senior Lecturer, and Research Analyst in addition to his current role. Ball has also contributed significantly to environmental education through his work as a Naturalist and Instructor at Appalachian State Camp Broadstone and as Education Director/VP of the American Bear Association.
In addition to his academic and professional achievements, Ball has a proven track record of making a positive impact on the organizations he has been a part of. His expertise in sustainability, combined with his hands-on experience in various educational and leadership roles, positions him as an ideal leader for Catawba’s Center for the Environment.
Ball holds a PhD in Sustainability Education from Prescott College, an MA in Environmental Education from the University of New Mexico, and a BS in Natural Science from Less-McRae College.
About Catawba College
Founded in 1851, Catawba College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college located in Salisbury, N.C. Ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the South, Catawba is known for its intellectual rigor, dedicated faculty, beautiful campus, and strong commitment to sustainability and the environment. The College offers more than 70 undergraduate and four graduate programs allowing students to explore diverse interests and create their own academic pathways. Additional information is available at catawba.edu.