The Sierra Club board of directors has unanimously elected Robert Cox, a Chapel Hill resident, to succeed Chuck McGrady, another North Carolinian, as president of the organization, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Cox, who has already begun his new position in San Francisco, he says he intends to maintain his position as a professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Cox, who has served twice as the club’s national president, says his key responsibility next year is to ensure environmentally responsible candidates are elected to Congress and the presidency.
Cox also said he will work to strengthen the environmental community by building up alliances among conservationists, labor unions, and human rights activists.
In addition to serving two presidential terms, Cox has served as vice president for conservation and vice president for communication and education for the Sierra Club.
In his various positions, Cox has demonstrated an ability to enlist a diverse, bipartisan group of supporters to protect the environment.
Ellen Renstrom of Charlotte was also elected by the organization’s 600,000 members to fill one of 15 national board positions.