A national search is underway to fill a position at the University of Arkansas at Monticello that would serve both as director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Forest Resources Center and as dean of the UAM’s College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The position came open with the pending retirement of Phil Tappe on Dec. 31.

Applicants can find the job description and application protocols here: https://www.uamont.edu/jobs/pdfs/Dean-Forest-Resources.pdf.

“Forestry is a major player in Arkansas’ economy, which has a value-added impact of more than $6 billion a year,” said Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System and head of its Division of Agriculture. “The center director position is critical to maintain the linkages between our land grant research and extension missions and the forestry industry.

The dean’s position as head of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources is an important role not only for forestry, but also other aspects of agriculture in Arkansas.”

The search committee includes faculty members representing each of the academic areas in the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, as well as representatives from outside the college. Finalists for the position will have the opportunity to visit campus and meet with university, community, and industry stakeholders.

“It is vitally important to us that our stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate in this process,” said Peggy Doss, UA-Monticello chancellor.

Until Tappe’s replacement is hired, Robert Ficklin will serve as interim dean and center director. Ficklin joined UAM in 2002 and in 2015, he was named associate dean for academics and continues in that role for the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.


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