News | April 12, 2022

Search underway for SELC’s next Executive Director

Fall creeps across the countryside outside of Charlottesville. (@ Robert Llewellyn)
SELC Executive Director Jeff Gleason

After coming out of retirement to successfully lead the Southern Environmental Law Center through the organization’s transition from founder Rick Middleton, Jeff Gleason will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of 2022. Now, SELC is preparing to undergo what will be only the second leadership transition in the organization’s history.

“We are deeply grateful for Jeff Gleason’s leadership, as he has wisely stewarded tremendous growth at SELC during a time when the need and challenges have never been greater, and at the same time led SELC to continuing significant achievements in environmental advocacy of national significance,” said Allen McCallie, chair of SELC’s Board of Trustees. “Now we are energized to look for the next leader, who will build on our past four decades of extraordinary results on behalf of the people and places of the South.”

The Board of Trustees recently launched a national search for an experienced and adept leader to usher SELC into its next chapter. For more details on the position, please see the Executive Director Leadership Profile

Over the course of more than 35 years SELC has grown – from three lawyers in Charlottesville, Virginia, to more than 100 attorneys and 200 staff members in nine offices across the South today.

Nonprofit and nonpartisan, SELC is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment. As lawyers, policy and issue experts, and community advocates and partners, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges to defend and protect our region. The landmark work accomplished by SELC in court, in government, and in our communities helps shape and drive environmental protection and policies across the country.

Already in 2022, SELC has achieved remarkable results. Learn more about those recent wins here.