Marcey Olajos

Marcey Olajos
Northern Arizona University

Marcey Olajos, 1975 BS, has kept her philanthropic sights on Northern Arizona University since 1987, and her 25 years of consistent generosity has culminated in a stalwart gift, one that will enhance both Northern Arizona University and the Colorado Plateau forever. 

Marcey created and endowed the Chair of Environmental Science and Policy for the Southwest, which honors her father Charles Olajos and former Northern Arizona University professor Ted Goslow. Marcey wants the university’s prominence in environmental conservation solidified and extended through this Chair, thus it will support interdisciplinary work that links scientific research with public policy.

The gift represents Marcey’s lifelong commitment to sustainability in the Southwest and it reflects Northern Arizona University’s commitment to the environmental vitality of communities in northern Arizona. The Olajos/Goslow Chair is in the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, and the first holder is Dr. Tom Sisk, professor of ecology.

Dr. Sisk’s work brings together ranchers, environmentalists, and policy makers, and he sees this gift as a strong way to combine the university’s history of excellence in environmental conservation with new efforts to safeguard our land, water, and natural resources.