Board Member: William B. Ellis

William B. Ellis, Ph.D., Resident Fellow, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Bill Ellis is Lecturer and Resident Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he is on the faculty for the Industrial Environmental Management Program. He joined the School in 1995 just after retiring from Northeast Utilities, New England’s largest electric and gas utility. He had served that company as its chief financial officer beginning in 1976 and was the company’s chief executive officer for ten years before retiring.

Mr. Ellis is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and on the Board of Trustees and several academic advisory boards at Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past thirty years, he has served on numerous corporate boards, including MassMutual Financial Group, HSB Group, and Renegy Holdings, Inc., a renewable energy company focused on acquiring, developing, and operating biomass-to-electricity power-generation facilities, and he presently is on the Advisory Board of Soltage, Inc., a solar-facility development company.

Mr. Ellis received his B. S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, where he was a National Science Fellow. He was selected as the Businessperson of the Year by New England Business Magazine in 1987 and New Englander of the Year by the New England Council in 1994. Mr. Ellis was recognized several times for his leadership in developing and promoting programs to fight HIV/AIDS. His primary academic interests at Yale are in the links between energy use and the environment and in business decision-making processes as they are related to environmental concerns.