Master of Environmental Studies

Assistant Director, Graduate Program on the Environment

Image of Gail Wootan, Assistant DirectorHi everyone!  My name is Gail Wootan, and I'm here to help new and current students with any questions they may have about the Graduate Program on the Environment at Evergreen.  I have been in this position since early 2010 and enjoy helping students follow their environmental passions.

As the assistant director, I help guide prospective students through the application and admittance process. I'm the main point of contact for any new or interested student.  I also help enrolled students with finding jobs and internships, sorting out registration and financial aid, and navigating anything Evergreen. In addition, I am responsible for new student orientation and graduation, as well as various events throughout the year.  MES students are a very busy bunch!

I have worked in higher education for the past 10 years at Oregon State University, Humboldt State University,, and Semester at Sea.  I'm a native Oregonian, but I've lived in Australia, New Zealand, London, Alaska, Northern California, and a ship that sailed around the world.  I've also been to all 7 continents and countries as diverse as Sri Lanka, Cuba, and Iceland!

Olympia is also a great place to live because it is near everything I love: mountains, forests, and water.  It is an easy place to be a bike commuter (I try to ride or take the bus to work every day) and a beautiful place to enjoy the Puget Sound (I row crew for a community team).  Olympia also has a great local food scene that I enjoy, as well as other fun things like softball and soccer leagues, quirky community events, and a diverse group of young professionals due to being the state capital.

I enjoy working at Evergreen because it attracts students, staff, and faculty who aren't afraid to think outside the box.  If you think you have what it takes to be a "Greener" or if you have any questions about the Graduate Program on the Environment, please email or call me at 360-867-6225.