Aug 19, 2013 3:45 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson has joined the main governing body of Tulane University.
The university made the announcement in a news release Monday.
Jackson, a New Orleans native, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Tulane. Her Tulane biography noted that she went on to earn a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University before joining the EPA as a staff-level scientist in 1987.
In 2009 she was named administrator of the EPA, the first African-American and only the fourth woman to hold that position. She left the job in February.
She currently is vice president of Environmental Initiatives at Apple.
"We are delighted to welcome someone of Lisa Jackson's national stature and local ties to our board," Tulane President Scott Cowen said. "She is a leading authority in so many areas that are vital to Tulane and New Orleans."
Jackson was the keynote speaker at Tulane's John J. Witmeyer III Dean's Colloquium in 2009. She headlined the 15th annual Tulane Law School Summit on Environmental Law and Policy in 2010. In 2012 she was the keynote speaker and an honorary degree recipient at Tulane's Unified Commencement.