Dr. Greg Lindsey earned his doctorate and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. He also received a master's degree in geography and environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University. His bachelor's degree is in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois.
Lindsey served as a division chief with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the director of two nonprofit environmental organizations. In 1991, he joined the faculty of IUPUI's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was appointed the Associate Dean of the IUPUI SPEA in 2004, after directing the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment and serving as the Duey-Murphy Professor of Rural Land Policy in SPEA. While in Indiana, Dr. Lindsey directed research projects for the state of Indiana on water infrastructure finance, greenway use, annexation policy, and erosion and sediment control programs. At the local level, he served on commissions for park land acquisition, comprehensive plan implementation, tree preservation, wellhead protection, and soil and water conservation. His work with students through SPEA provided the foundation for the Monon and Cultural Trail systems in Indianapolis.
In 2008, Lindsey left SPEA to become the Associate Dean of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He served as Interim Dean in 2011 and as Executive Associate Dean until September 2012. As the School's principal academic officer, he led efforts to develop the School's Master of Development Practice degree program, its early admissions graduate programs, its Public Affairs Leadership certificate program, and its award-winning Humphrey by the Numbers information management system
Dr. Lindsey has received a number of awards for his work to link research and practice. In 2004, he was named the first recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Civic Engagement at IUPUI. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Viet Nam in 1999. He also received Best Paper Awards twice from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning for papers linking academic research to planning practice.