Dr. John Wear, Jr.

Dr John WearDr. John Wear, Jr.

Director of the Environmental Science and Studies Program; Director of the Catawba College Center for the Environment; Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science - B.S., North Carolina State University; M.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Ph.D., Wake Forest University.

Office: CENV 200
Phone: (704) 637-4738
Fax: (704) 645-4590
E-mail: jwear@catawba.edu

Dr. John E. Wear Jr., the Catawba College Center for the Environment's founding director, established the Center and Catawba's Environmental Science & Environmental Studies Program in 1993. Dr. Wear has committed his energies to environmental initiatives at the local, regional and state level. His leadership was instrumental in launching a number of sustainability initiatives in the state relating to air and water quality and land conservation.
 
He was involved in the creation of the South Yadkin Wildlife Refuge and was responsible for design oversight in the creation of the Center for the Environment facility, one of the first "green" buildings in the Southeast. He has served on a number of state and regional boards and commissions and was the past president of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina.

Dr. Wear was named the 2003 N.C. Conservationist of the Year by the Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards Program; a 2002 "Guardian of the Earth" by The Charlotte Observer; and the 2001 Recycler of the Year by the Carolina Recycling Association (the nation's largest recycling organization).

Dr. Wear just completed hosting an international event at Catawba where among other topics, the latest development in Hydrail was discussed.