The HAPS Board of Directors and the search committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Peter English as the new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2013.
|Peter English, the new HAPS Executive Director|
Peter comes to HAPS with a diverse set of skills in non-profit management and years of experience teaching physiology at the college level. He graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Biology, followed by two years in Central and South America as a Watson Fellow. During this fellowship Peter worked with local, national, and international conservation groups in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Venezuela and Brazil on environmental education, fund raising, debt swap financing, and coordination with government ministries. In 1991 he came to the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Ph.D. in Zoology.
Currently a lecturer in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, Peter designed courses and wrote curriculum for a multiyear initiative to teach science to future elementary school teachers using a 4-semester integrated curriculum. Prior to that, Peter taught physiology to both biology majors and non-majors. He also taught Biology of Birds, his specialty. Peter has been all over the hemisphere birdwatching, including taking a President birding at Camp David.
Before coming to UT-Austin in 2006, Peter spent 7 years as the CEO of a multi-national non-profit organization that specialized in building ecotourism lodges in the Amazon Basin. Working primarily in Ecuador and Peru, Peter built or managed eight jungle lodges and supporting travel agencies in five countries. He gained extensive experience managing the interface between non-profit initiatives and for-profit entities, in many cases managing both sides of the equation. Peter also spent some time as a consultant helping other non-profit organizations become more efficient and effective. The Napo Wildlife Center (www.napowildlifecenter.com) is an example of the work he did in that phase of his life: the lodge provides employment to an entire community, protects the national park with the greatest amount of biodiversity anywhere on Earth, and directly guards 80 square miles of pristine rainforest.
In his other life Peter is a devoted husband and father of two, an avid birder, an occasional mountain biker, and a commercial glider pilot. Peter will be at the annual meeting, and everyone can meet him there. He would be happy to hear from HAPS members between now and May. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org