Terrance Alexander

Executive Director, Occupational Safety And Environmental Health And Office Of Campus Sustainability

As head of the Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Terry is responsible for health, safety and environmental issues facing both the academic and business operations of the university. Terry directs programs involving hazardous materials, environmental management, biological and laboratory safety, industrial hygiene, radiation safety, ergonomics, food service sanitation, and fire safety.


As head of the Office of Campus Sustainability formed in 2009, Terry Alexander is responsible for implementing in the operations arena President Coleman's sustainability initiative for the campus. He will be identifying, helping to facilitate, and promote sustainability activities in the university operations areas. A key part of this program is to establish long-term goals that will help drive operations toward a sustainable leadership position among higher education. Working closely with the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Terry will assist in building a bridge between the academic/research and operations sides of the university, creating a living learning environment for students.


Terry was manager of environmental programs from 1995 to 1999, responsible for efforts involving property investigations, chemical storage tanks, air emissions and incinerator operation, storm water management and sanitary sewer system discharges, and other environmental issues. From August 2000 to April 2001 he also filled a dual appointment as interim director of Facilities Planning & Design for the university. Since 2002 he holds an appointment as adjunct lecturer at the U-M School of Public Health.


Prior to joining the university, Terry was an environmental consultant in the Chicago area for seven years specializing in property investigation, environmental clean-up and restoration, and industrial hygiene. Prior to that, he was manager of environmental remediation for the Department of Energy at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory for two years. Terry began his career serving nine years active duty as an industrial hygienist and environmental engineer with the U.S. Air Force, and as a major in the reserves until discharge in 2001.


Terry is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and Illinois, a certified industrial hygienist and a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University and a master of science degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho.


Postal Address
Office of Campus Sustainability
1239 Kipke Drive
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1010


Telephone Number
(734) 763-6973


Email Address
tgalex@umich.edu