Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
“At SFA, through the personal attention of our faculty and staff, we engage students in a learner-centered environment. Our overarching goal is to transform lives, one Lumberjack at a time.”
What drew you to the higher education world?
My first career role was as a faculty member conducting teaching, research and service in the discipline of forestry, specifically forest economics. I was drawn to this role because of a desire to make a difference in the lives of undergraduate and graduate students; making a difference in their lives and careers ultimately has a dramatic impact on how well forest resources are managed and sustained.
What do you enjoy most about your role at SFA?
In my current role, I can have a positive impact on the lives and careers of thousands of students. This role allows me to work closely with faculty, department chairs, deans and other leaders in all of SFA’s colleges, as well as the graduate school. The most enjoyable part of this position is seeing and taking part in the transformative experiences we provide for SFA’s students.
What do you hope students gain from SFA?
SFA’s students, in all majors and degree programs, should have transformative experiences that will provide the competencies needed for success in life and career pathways. These competencies include technical/academic areas, as well as general and personal knowledge, skills and abilities.
What are you passionate about outside of your role at SFA?
I’m still a forester at heart. I’m passionate about natural resources and our ability to sustain forests for ecological, economic and social benefits.
Education and Experience
- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
- Chair, Department of Forestry
University of Kentucky (2004-2009)
- Professor and Administrator
Mississippi State University (1983-2004)
- Ph.D., Forest Economics
Virginia Tech (1983)
- M.S., Forest Economics
Mississippi State University (1980)
- B.S., Forestry
Mississippi State University (1977)
Awards / Achievements
- Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Forestry
- Communicator of the Year
Society of American Foresters (2013)
- Elected Fellow
Society of American Foresters (2010)
- Sharp Professorship
Mississippi State University (1999-2002)
- John Grisham Master Teacher Award
Mississippi State University (1998)