Dr. Richard Kluender, retired dean of the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and former director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center (AFRC), was recently inducted into the Arkansas Foresters Hall of Fame by the Arkansas Division of the Ouachita Society of American Foresters.

Kluender joined the UAM faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor and researcher in forest economics and operations. In 2000, he became dean of the UAM School of Forest Resources and director of the AFRC until his retirement in 2010.

Prior to coming to UAM, Kluender was district forester for Stone Container Corporation in Ohio and division forester for the American Pulpwood Association in Mississippi. He also served in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers company commander.

Kluender holds a B.S. in forest management, M.S. in forest economics, and Ph.D. in forest operations from Virginia Tech. He was an active member of the Society of American Foresters and served as chairman of the Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters.

The Arkansas Foresters Hall of Fame is housed in the Forest Resources Complex on the UAM campus.