NOLS President John Gans announced on November 28 his plans to retire at the end of 2019. He is the fifth president in the school’s 53-year history and longest-serving leader. Gans has been a part of the school for 38 years and at the conclusion of 2019, he will have served as the school's executive director and president for 24 years. He started his NOLS journey as a scholarship student in 1979 on a Semester in Kenya, later serving as director of NOLS Alaska, admissions and marketing director, and operations director before assuming the role of president in October 1995.
On July 17, 2017, NOLS joined the “We Are Still In” coalition of Paris Agreement supporters within the United States following the Trump administration’s withdrawal from this international climate accord. This coalition of nine states, 235 cities and counties, 319 colleges and universities, and 1,680 businesses and investors are publicly recommitting to their climate change goals signaling leadership from within a divided country to our international partners.
Cast the tanning lotion aside and jump, skip, hop, camp, hike or eat your way through summer vacay. With only three short months before we hit the books, you have to make the most of your break from accounting and biology. Broaden your summer landscape to include destinations other than those same sandy beaches you’ve vacationed to since you were five. Your Instagram fans will thank you. You might even acquire your next record-breaking photo.