Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Political Science Department continues its innovative 2008-09 colloquium series titled "Affairs of the State: Ohio" with a presentation by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Chris Korleski at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.
Korleski, who will make a presentation titled "Global Warming - Science or Religion," is the third of four Ohio government officials to participate in the colloquium series. Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher kicked things off with a presentation titled "Positioning Ohio for the 21st Century: Globalization, New Frontiers and the Future" on Sept. 24, which was followed by a news conference announcing Wittenberg's innovative university-community venture called The Center for Civic & Urban Engagement. The second colloquium featured Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who made a presentation titled "Preparation, Partnership, Success" on Oct. 28.
Korleski was appointed director of Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by Gov. Ted Strickland in 2007. A former assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section of Ohio's Attorney General's Office, Korleski provided representation and counseling to the Ohio EPA in various areas involving air pollution and hazardous waste. Previously, Korleski served as counsel to Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. in Marysville, Ohio.
Korleski earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy from The Ohio State University's College of Agriculture, his master's degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska and his J.D. from The Ohio State State University.
The "Affairs of the State: Ohio" colloquium series concludes with a presentation titled "The Essential Role of Federal, State and Community Partnerships in Achieving Ohio's Public Health Goals" by Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin Jackson at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19. That event is also in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.
Written By: Ryan Maurer