The University of Arkansas at Monticello added more than 15,000 square feet to its forest resources complex Friday afternoon with the formal dedication of the George H. Clippert Forest Resources Annex.
The annex is named for the late George H. Clippert of Camden, owner of Southern Pulpwood Company and a long-time benefactor of UAM’s School of Forest Resources, the state’s only forestry program. “This is the culmination of a dream shared by Mr. Clippert, his family, and the university,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “Mr. Clippert loved UAM and the School of Forest Resources even though he never attended school here. He understood the value of a quality forestry education program and its impact on the state and region. He hired many of our graduates and was always ready to help the forestry program and the institution in any way he could.”
Prior to his death in 2006, Mr. Clippert and his family – wife, Maxine, son, David Clippert, and daughter, Nancy Clippert Broach, made the largest single donation in school history with a $1 million gift in 1999 to establish the George H. Clippert Endowed Chair in Forestry. In 2008, Maxine Clippert presented a second $1 million gift to help pay for the construction of the new forest resources annex.
“George Clippert was a special person and a great friend of this institution,” said Lassiter. “The generosity of the Clippert family is a fitting tribute to Mr. Clippert and a lasting legacy that will live on for generations to come.”
Maxine Clippert’s gift, in combination with funds released by Governor Mike Beebe and the state legislature, financed the new construction as well as the renovation of the existing forest resources complex.
“We are grateful to Governor Beebe and the southeast Arkansas legislative delegation for joining with the Clippert family to make this new facility a reality,” added Lassiter. “Without their hard work and their vision, this would not be possible.”
The new annex was designed by SCM Architects of Little Rock with James H. Cone, Inc., of Little Rock serving as contractor. The annex includes 15,100 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space, creating a 50 percent increase in space for the School of Forest Resources.
The School of Forest Resources includes the original forest resources building, constructed in 1956 and housing 18,700 square feet of space, an 11,700 square foot addition built in 1986, and the new Clippert Annex. Both the 1956 and 1986 buildings underwent extensive renovation and remodeling as part of the overall construction project.
Dr. Phillip Tappe, dean of the School of Forest Resources and director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, called the new construction and renovation “a huge lift for our program in teaching, research and public service. I think I speak for the entire forest resources faculty and staff when I say thank you to the Clippert family, to Governor Beebe, and to our legislative delegation for their efforts on behalf of the forestry program.”
Cutting the ribbon to formally dedicate the George H. Clippert Forest Resources Annex are (from left) Nancy Clippert Broach of Hope, UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter, State Representative Eddie Cheatham of Crossett, State Senator Jimmy Jeffress of Crossett, David Clippert of Atlanta, Ga., State Senator Gene Jeffress of Louann, Maxine Clippert of Camden, Speaker of the House Robert Moore of Arkansas City, Sheilla Lampkin of Monticello, and former State Representative Greg Reep of Warren.