Charles and Sarah P. Becker '27 Director of the Arboretum
Adjunct Associate Professor of Botany
Joined Connecticut College: 1982
University of California, Davis, B.S.; Connecticut College, M.A.
Ecology and horticulture of native plants
Invasive exotic woody plants
Large and historic trees
"Here at Connecticut College we are engaged in inventing cooperative, ecologically sensitive land management. I believe our results will be a model for other institutions." - Glenn Dreyer
As Arboretum Director, Glenn Dreyer oversees all department functions, including education, planning, land management, collection curation, research and fund raising. Mr. Dreyer reports to the Dean of the Faculty, and works closely with faculty and students in the life sciences and a variety of administrators, including the Director of Physical Plant and the Supervisor of Grounds.
Glenn Dreyer started working for the Connecticut College Arboretum in a landscape maintenance capacity while still a graduate student in 1982. The next year he became Assistant Arboretum Director under William A. Niering. In 1988 he was appointed Arboretum director.
Mr. Dreyer is also an adjunct professor of botany and was an executive director of the College's Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment. His professional and research interests have to do with the interface between horticulture and ecology.
He is the author of the books Connecticut's Notable Trees and Greening Connecticut Cities & Towns: Managing Public Trees and Community Forests, and a variety of professional publications on invasive species and vegetation management.
Mr. Dreyer serves on the Connecticut Urban Forest Council and the Connecticut Tree Protection Examining Board. On campus he is a member of the Environmental Model Committee and the Facilities and Land Management Committee.
Off campus Glenn enjoys playing the great highland bagpipe and Scottish Smallpipes and helping his wife Wendy with her Australian shepherd dogs.