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Chair, Department of Environmental
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Director, Environmental and Occupational Management Program
Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Management
B.S., M.S., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Salve Regina University;
M.S., Naval War College; M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D.,
George Mason University. Office: H-260; Phone: (910) 630-7136; E-Mail:
Dr Branson is the daughter of a professor who was the son of a
professor. Teaching at a University was her long range goal. Along
the way she earned a BS and an MS from the University of Oklahoma.
Her master's was in Environmental Science through the college of
Civil Engineering. Her degree was earned as EPA and environmental
regulations were just beginning to be formulated. During her 23
years in the U.S. Navy flying various helicopters throughout SouthEast
Asia she observed the changes in environmental regulations. As safety
officer for a Naval Air station with a 35000 person workforce, she
was responsible for rewriting all OSHA guidance. While stationed
in the Pentagon, she began her work on her PhD through George Mason
University in Environmental Science and Public Policy while serving
as the Secretary of the Navy representative for International Environmental
and Aviation coordination. During her last tour at the Naval War
College in Newport, RI she taught a course on Environmental Issues
associated with Base Closure and earned a Master's of Science Education
from the University of Rhode Island. Her PhD topic was concerned
with public involvement in the environmental assessment process
and she continues a research interest in the field. Students have
presented in conferences under her tutelage in this topic as well
as on Mercury poisoning and clandestine laboratories. She also holds
degrees in Strategic Studies and International Relations.
Dr. Kurt Smith
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Management
B.S., Oregon State University; M.P.A., Ph.D., North Carolina State
Office: H-263; Phone: (910) 630-7139; E-Mail:
Kurt Smith is an assistant professor in the ENM program, and holds
an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University, and both a
master's degree and doctorate from North Carolina State University.
His areas of expertise are in both forestry and in water resources.
He has over twenty years of experience in state and local government,
working on open space preservation, watershed planning and stormwater
management. He has also done some consultant work for the US Fish
and Wildlife Service.
Mrs. Wendy Vonnegut, Esq.
Associate Professor of Legal Studies
B.A., University of North Carolina-Wilmington; J.D., Mercer University.
Phone: (910) 630-7491; E-Mail:
Wendy Vonnegut, J.D is the Director of Legal Studies which is approved
by the American Bar Association. She received her Juris Doctrine
from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon,
Ga. and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina
at Wilmington. Mrs .Vonnegut spent a summer at the University of
Vermont School of Law on scholarship to study Environmental Litigation.
She spent 12 years in the private sector as an attorney, before
entering the world of Academia.
Mr. Randy Franklin
Adjunct Faculty, Environmental and Occupational Management
M.B.A., Columbia Southern University
Office: H-239; E-Mail:
Randy Franklin is an adjunct instructor, and holds a both a bachelor
of science and an MBA from Columbia Southern University and is currently
a doctoral candidate with Grand Canyon University. His areas of
expertise are in environmental assessment, environmental management
hazardous materials, hazardous wastes and occupational safety and
health. He has over twenty-six years of experience in U.S. Military
and federal government. He is currently the Environmental Project
Manager for the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public
Works at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Randy likes this program because
it is the only one of its kind in this area and it has potential
for growth as it continues to be made available to the local service
members and families.
||Mr. Barry Hull
Adjunct Faculty, Environmental and Occupational Management Program
M.S., Findlay University
Office: H-239; E-Mail: