Steve Kaagan is Professor Emeritus of Michigan State University,
Senior Partner at bpcUSA, a German-American Consulting Firm, and most
recently, World Climate Ambassador with Climate Interactive.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s and
doctorate from Harvard University, and has been honored with several
awards, including membership in the Royal Society for the Encouragement
of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London, England and Honorary
Doctorates from Williams College in Massachusetts and Green Mountain
College in Vermont.
Prior to teaching at Michigan State he served as President of
Hurricane Island Outward Bound (1989-91), Commissioner of Education for
the State of Vermont (1982-88), and Provost of Pratt Institute in New
York City (1977-82).
He has written extensively on experiential approaches to leadership development. Prominent titles include Leadership Games; 30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators; and Developing Teacher Leaders.
Using Climate Interactive simulations, he has facilitated multiple
sessions for university faculty, community and business leaders,
teachers, and students. UNC Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment,
Williams College Alumni Seminars, and Burlington, VT and Seattle, WA
have hosted recent engagements. He insists that World Energy and World
Climate are powerful tools to help people wrestle with the challenges of
His experience embraces wide-ranging service as an adviser to
government agencies, corporations and educational institutions and
extensive travel, including mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas
and Andes; and Rugby Football Refereeing for the USA Rugby Football
He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Susan and two spoiled dogs.