Dean, Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Dean, Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is pleased to announce that three finalists for the position of Dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation have been selected. The candidates will be visiting campus virtually (via Zoom) the week of May 18th and the campus community is invited and encouraged to attend the open forums. The open forums will consist of a 20-30-minute presentation on the topic of “Perspectives on resiliency in the face of complex challenges” and time for a question and answer session. Each open forum will be free and open to the public though registration will be required (via the Zoom registration links below).The finalists' CVs are also linked below.

We also request your feedback on all three candidates via a Qualtrics survey.

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Recruitment timeline

committee is screening applicants.

Provost's charge to the committee:

For this position, we are seeking a dynamic leader with administrative and faculty experience who can lead FCFC during an exciting and transitional time. Given the College’s strong legacy in our state and region, its signature academic and professional programs, the great momentum on campus based on UM’s priorities for action and our efforts to recruit and retain increasing numbers of students, FCFC needs an experienced and visionary leader. With exceptional donor and alumni support, FCFC is well-positioned for increased strength and growth. Let this serve as a charge to the search committee to bring in extraordinary candidates who will help us build upon the FCFC’s robust foundation and lead it into the future.

The successful candidate must work collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals across campus, Montana, and the region. They must be well versed in current trends in the academic, research, and professional programs and disciplines represented within FCFC and have the capacity to explain the nuances of these disciplines to others. They must understand and share the College’s commitment to student success and the unique role FCFC plays within the fabric of the larger University. They must be able to work with the faculty and staff to implement the College’s strategic plan and have the ability to reach out to alumni, donors, and other stakeholders and share that vision with them.

Search Committee

Scott Whittenburg, VP for Research and Creative Scholarship and Dean of the Graduate School, search committee co-chair

Beth Dodson, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Management, search committee co-chair

Laurie Belcher, Director of Accounting and Fiscal Operations, FCFC dean's office

Julia Berkey, FCFC graduate student

Cory Cleveland, Professor and Chair, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences

David Crowley, Staff Senate representative

Sonya Germann, Division Administrator, MT DNRC - Forestry Division

Sarah Halvorson, Professor, Department of Geography

Mark Hebblewhite, Professor, Wildlife Biology and Faculty Senate representative

Jonathan Karlen, undergraduate student and ASUM representative

Christopher Keyes, Associate Director, Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station

Tom Shultz, Idaho Forest Group, UM alum

Jennifer Thomsen, Assistant Professor, Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management program

Laurie Yung, Professor and co-Chair, Department of Society and Conservation