Gaytha (Gutshall) Langlois
Gaytha (Gutshall) Langlois
Alumna of the Year

Gaytha Gutshall Langlois spent her childhood years in West Virginia and Ohio, where she was active in the Painesville, Ohio Church of the Nazarene. At ENC, she was always on the move as a debater, cheerleader, biology assistant, newspaper staffer and radio contributor.

Following graduation in 1963, Gaytha set off to pursue her interests in marine ecology, obtaining an MS in Zoology and a PhD in Biological Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1971. As professor of environmental policy at Bryant University, where she has been a faculty member for more than 40 years, Gaytha has pursued studies ranging from endangered redwoods in China to the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster in Belarus.

As chair of the Department of Science and Technology, Gaytha helped create new academic programs in Environmental Science and Biology. She is also the founder and co-director of the Center for Sustainable Business Strategies at Bryant University, and has extensive experience in crafting municipal and statewide environmental policies, winning an EPA Award for her advocacy activities. She has served as an elected and appointed official in South Kingstown, and was an appointee to several state boards and commissions, including the State Planning Council and the Aqua Fund Commission, which she chaired for many years.

She is a member and past officer of the International Society of Protistologists, authoring several technical articles and contributed book chapters. She also served for two years as the biology and zoology editor for Nupedia, an open-source encyclopedia project.

Gaytha married Harold Langlois in 1968, and is a senior associate in their consulting business, Creative Management Systems.