The appointment was announced Friday in an e-mail by Bruce C. Bongarten, SUNY-ESF’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Houseal’s appointment is expected to begin on January 2, 2014.
Houseal, along with Lani Ulrich (then director of CAP-21, now chair of the APA) and J.R. Risley (then supervisor of the Town of Inlet), co-founded the Common Ground Alliance. Houseal oversaw the Council’s approach to the 700-unit Adirondack Club and Resort, the region’s largest development to date, by seeking to lessen its environmental impact rather than oppose the project outright.
Houseal attended Colgate University, and completed graduate degrees in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF. Earlier in his career he gained international experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the Adirondack Council in 2002, he spent 15 years as a Vice President of The Nature Conservancy’s International Program.
Houseal will take over from and Doug Allen, who followed Stacy McNulty as Interim Director after the 2010 departure of Bill Porter. Houseal and his wife Katherine have been seasonal visitors to the Adirondacks for over 30 years, and now live full-time in Westport.
The AEC, established in 1971, is located at the Huntington Wildlife Forest, a 15,000 acre field station in Newcomb that attracts researchers from throughout the world, and provides a base of operation for research on the natural and cultural systems of the Northern Forest. AEC’s Adirondack Long-term Ecological Monitoring Program (ALTEMP) currently monitors over 100 physical, chemical, and biological attributes.