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Dean, arthur Temple College of forestry & Agriculture

“i can only say that i view it (education) as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” – abraham lincoln, march 9, 1832.

what drew you to the higher education world?

i was fortunate to have been mentored by outstanding professors while earning my degrees. their approach to teaching and advising was different, but their passion to serve students, promote a learning culture and make contributions to knowledge was the same. their example led me to pursue a career in higher education. 

what do you enjoy most about your role at sfa?

i enjoy working with my colleagues to inspire undergraduate and graduate students toward achieving their career aspirations. i can’t wait to get to work each day because each day is unique. i take great satisfaction thinking that i may have contributed, even in a small way, to the professional and personal success of our alumni.

what do you hope students gain from sfa?

through the inspiration of the faculty, i hope students gain a healthy skepticism resulting in a lifelong passion for learning.

what are you passionate about outside of your role at sfa?

i am still passionate about learning all things related to trees. because of their adaptability, i still believe they are the most remarkable organisms that occupy the earth. i am also passionate about mowing the lawn because that is when i do my best thinking. 

education and experience

academic experience

  • dean, arthur temple college of forestry and agriculture
    sfa (2015-present)
  • associate dean, arthur temple college of forestry and agriculture
    sfa (2009-2015)
  • kenneth nelson distinguished professor of forestry
    sfa (2004-present)
  • professor of forestry
    sfa (2003-present)
  • associate professor of forestry
    sfa (1999-2003)
  • assistant professor of forestry
    sfa (1993-1999)


  • doctor of philosophy in forestry
    auburn university (1989)
  • master of science in forestry
    clemson university (1983)
  • bachelor of science in forestry
    purdue university (1980)

awards / achievements

  • regents professor 
    sfa (2010-2011)
  • kenneth watterson teaching excellence award 
    arthur temple college of forestry and agriculture 
    sfa (2005, 2002, 1998)
  • kenneth nelson distinguished professorship 
    arthur temple college of forestry and agriculture 
    sfa (2004)


hans williams, ph.d.
Dean, arthur Temple College of forestry & Agriculture
p.o. box 6109, sfa station
nacogdoches, texas 75962

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