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
- dean, arthur temple college of forestry and agriculture
- associate dean, arthur temple college of forestry and agriculture
- kenneth nelson distinguished professor of forestry
- professor of forestry
- associate professor of forestry
- assistant professor of forestry
- doctor of philosophy in forestry
auburn university (1989)
- master of science in forestry
clemson university (1983)
- bachelor of science in forestry
purdue university (1980)