Richard Clugston "is the Executive Director of the Center for Respect of Life and Environment (CRLE is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States), Publisher and Editor of Earth Ethics, and Director of the Secretariat of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He received his doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota and his masters in Human Development from the University of Chicago. Clugston has also served as a faculty member and strategic planner in academic affairs in the College of Human Ecology at the University of Minnesota. His recent publications include: “Transforming Higher Education to Care for Creation,” in a volume edited by R. Peterson and D. Conroy entitled, Creation as Beloved by God, and “Sustainability and Rural Revitalization: Two Alternative Visions,” in a volume edited by I. Audirac entitled, Rural Sustainable Development in America (John Wiley and Sons, 1997)." 
"Rick Clugston has been a vice-president of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and executive director of the Center for Respect of Life and Environment, an HSUS affiliate, for the past 17 years, directing a variety of initiatives to create a more humane and sustainable future. These include: the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (1997-2007), the Sustainable Universities Assessment and Evaluation Project (1996-2005), the Soul of Agriculture Project (1995-1998), and Theological Education to Meet the Environmental Challenge (1992-1999). He founded and serves as the director of Earth Charter USA (1997-date).
"Dr. Clugston is the publisher and editor of Earth Ethics, the deputy editor of The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (MCB University Publications), and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development (Sage Publications). He also serves on the boards of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education (Florida Gulf Coast University); the Bonne Bay Lighthouse Center (Newfoundland); Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation (Maine); and the Forum on Religion and Ecology (Yale University), He was a cofounder of the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership and the Higher Education Network for Sustainability and the Environment."