Greg Pillar, Ph.D

Greg Pillar

Professor, Environmental Science & Chemistry Department

Assistant Provost for University Programs


Dr. Greg Pillar is a professor of environmental science and chemistry and currently serves as the assistant provost for university programs. Dr. Pillar previously held the William S. Lee Professorship and served as chair of the Environmental Science & Chemistry Department as well as the director of the Preyer Honors Program and Initiatives. 

Dr. Pillar is an environmental chemist whose research, teaching and consulting focus on the chemistry of soil and water resources, specifically the fate of inorganic and organic contaminants. He has mentored over 30 capstone and course-embedded research projects. Additionally, he has frequently been invited to speak on the use and sustainability of soil and water resources in domestic and global food production. Dr. Pillar has been a guest on WFAE’s (local NPR affiliate) Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins and is frequently utilized as a consultant for environmental and agricultural/food related stories covered by the local media outlets.

Dr. Pillar’s courses have covered a variety of disciplines in environmental science (geology, soil science, environmental impact assessment) and chemistry (general chemistry, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry). Additionally, he has co-developed the Supplemental Instruction Program and served as the faculty facilitator for the Royal Advising Program. An avid traveler, he has participated in the John Belk International Program where he has led and co-led engaging travel experiences with students to Italy (2008), Micronesia (2011, 2013, 2014), Vietnam (2012) and Costa Rica (2016).

Originally from West Allis, Wisconsin, Dr. Pillar now resides in Monroe, North Carolina with his wife (Jennifer) and their three children. An avid baseball and football fan, you will often find him rooting for, and supporting, his hometown Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. Dr. Pillar also enjoys the outdoors and can be found rafting, scuba diving, camping and geocaching when he can find the time. 


Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.S., Kansas State University
B.S., University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities

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