The Mission

McCullough Institute logoThe McCullough Institute for Conservation, Land Use and Environmental Resiliency aims to help solve some of the nation’s most challenging problems, while creating new job opportunities for students in environmental careers. UNC Asheville has named the institute to honor Dr. Charles T. McCullough Jr. for his lifelong civic and environmental advocacy. McCullough and his wife, Shirley Anne McCullough, committed $1 million to create an endowment for the institute.

The McCullough Institute’s goals include working with faculty to develop certifications in environmental studies and policy as added professional credentials to degree study for UNC Asheville’s students. Three areas of focus will be land use and conservation; urban planning; and sustainable agriculture. 

The McCullough Fellowship Program allows students to gain practical skills through applied research projects in such areas as data analytics and mapping, environmental and administrative law, application of new technologies, and the preservation of critical ecosystems. McCullough fellows collaborate with faculty members and community-based businesses and organizations to address areas of critical need in our local area.