Sally A. Campbell – Environmentalist/President

Travelers Rest, SC— Prominently featured in The Inner Circle, Sally A. Campbell is acknowledged as a Life Achiever 2023-2024 for her contributions to the field of Air Pollution.

Dr. Campbell attended Wellesley College in 1964 where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Chemistry. She then completed a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry at Harvard University in 1969 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric and Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Maryland in 1977. The doctor entered the field in 1979 as the technical director of atmospheric services with the Martin Marietta Corporation, now Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Martin Marietta Materials. She continued her education by earning a second Master’s degree in Management and Organizational Development from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University and also became a qualified environmental consultant through the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice.

The doctor established S.A. Campbell Assoc., an environmental consulting firm in 1986. A recognized leader, Dr. Campbell is president of S.A. Campbell and provides air quality analysis for Industrial sites throughout the United States helping them solve problems and acquire air mission permits. As part of her daily responsibilities, she conducts management training; long-range planning; and goal-setting sessions for organizations of all types and assists major industrial installations in compliance with federal, state, and local air pollution regulations. Dr. Campbell asserts that she is also fortunate to work with her husband, Kenneth L. Zankel, who is a highly renowned scientist specializing in atmospheric sciences, program management, physics, acoustics, photobiology, bioacoustics, and spectroscopy. They have worked on many projects together, including developing data on rain deposition of air emissions where Dr. Campbel re-wrote the EPA model to include rain deposition of pollutants.

As a renowned expert in the field, Dr. Campbell was tapped to be a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University; a professor and toxicologist at Dartmouth College; and a professor at Federal City College where she shared her extensive knowledge of air pollution; rules; regulations; and solutions to future environmentalists. Complimenting her success, Dr. Campbell notes that Dr. Zankel has also held numerous faculty positions and fellowships including a post as an assistant professor of Physics at Michigan State University and the University of Oregon; Fulbright Physics Professor at the University of Heidelberg; Senior Fellow in Biophysics at California Institute of Technology and at Cornell; and as a visiting professor of Biophysics at Iowa State. Working together at SA Campbell Associates, the couple offers unmatched experience and professionalism.

Adding to Dr. Campbell’s prestige and influence, she is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association; the American Physical Society; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; ASTM International; the American Chemical Society; and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Spreading their reach in numerous specialties, Dr. Zankel is professionally affiliated with the Acoustical Society of America, where he is also a Fellow, and the Air Pollution Control Association. The couple have published numerous professional papers together, emphasizing the harmony of their partnership, both personally and professionally.

During her illustrious career, she has been recognized for her work with many accolades and memberships, including being inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society and named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists. Dr. Campbell cites her father who was a lawyer, and her grandfather who was a business professor, for inspiring her great achievements and drive to succeed, as well as her husband with whom she shares this honor. She is also a civic-minded leader in her community and recalled that some of her earliest civic work was her time providing organizational development services for social service agencies between 1984 and 1987. Dr. Campbell is also active with her local church on a program regarding social issues and racism, and she hopes to continue to advocate for social change in the coming years.

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