Dr. Jay Golden
Wichita State University


As an undergraduate, Golden attended Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix, earning a bachelor’s in management. He also completed Organizational Mastery of Project Management and Stanford University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Golden went on to receive his Ph.D. in engineering at Cambridge University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering and sustainable development as part of a joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University.

Early Career

He started his academic career as an honors faculty member at Arizona State University and directed the National Center of Excellence on Sustainable Materials and Renewable Technologies. While at ASU, Golden founded and directed the Sustainability Consortium, a leading academic-industry research partnership that included many of the world’s largest manufacturers, brands and retailers.

Later Career

At Duke University, Golden was a faculty member in the Nicholas School of the Environment, where he also directed the Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce.  In 2017, Golden was nominated by peers and appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At East Carolina University from 2017-2019, Golden served as Vice Chancellor and Professor of engineering. In December of 2019, Golden became the president of Wichita State University.

Other achievements

He is author of over 150 publications, including as a guest editor and author for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Golden has testified before Congress and is regularly called upon to advise corporate and government leaders on the nexus of sustainability with corporate competitiveness and national security considerations. Golden was issued the Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute in 2009 and is listed as the 23rd of 100 most influential people in business ethics by the Ethisphere Institute.