Interim Dean, W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

March 23, 2020

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Chad Bishop, Director of the Wildlife Biology Program, has accepted the appointment of Interim Dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation effective June 1, 2020. As you know, Tom DeLuca has accepted a position as Dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University after more than three years of outstanding leadership as FCFC dean at UM. Professor Bishop will lead the FCFC and serve as an academic officer until the search for a permanent dean of the FCFC is complete. He will work closely with Dean DeLuca to ensure a smooth transition. He will also continue to direct the Wildlife Biology Program. If his duties as interim dean continue into the fall semester, Professor Bishop will appoint an interim director for the program at that time.

Professor Bishop joined UM in 2015 to lead our top-ranked Wildlife Biology program. His leadership has maintained this program’s status as a national leader in educating students and conducting cutting-edge research on fish and wildlife. Prior to UM, Chad worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, initially as a researcher and later as the assistant director for Wildlife and Natural Resources. As assistant director, he was broadly responsible for overseeing aquatic and terrestrial biology programs, natural resource protection, and land and water conservation. He earned degrees from Montana State University (BS, 1995), University of Idaho (MS, 1998), and Colorado State University (Ph.D., 2007).

I’m delighted to welcome Chad to the Academic Affairs leadership team. Please join me in congratulating him on this appointment.

Jon Harbor, Provost