Dr. Thomas R. Easley is the Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion at the Yale School of the Environment. He has spent most of his career as a diversity professional and a forester. As a diversity professional, he has focused on the recruitment, retention and diverse talent in natural resource disciplines.
As a forester, he has worked with landowners and citizens on land management and stewardship. Dr. Easley earned his undergraduate degree in Forest Science from Alabama A&M University, his master’s degree in Forest Genetics from Iowa State University, and his doctorate in Adult Education from NC State University. Dr. Easley served as the Diversity Director of the College of Natural Resources at NC State University where he taught courses, advised students, and supported faculty and staff on programming ensuring they are inclusive to all populations.
Dr. Easley combines his professions along with his passions of art and ministry or music to lead the diversity efforts in the school.