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Oct. 13, 2020
By Lon Tegels, Director of CommunicationsCollege of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
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MONTICELLO, Ark. — Phil Tappe has announced he will retire from his post as the University of Arkansas
at Monticello dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and
the director of the U of A System Division of Agriculture’s Forest Resources Center.
The move is effective on Dec. 31, 2020.
Tappe spent the last 30 years at the university in a variety of positions. He joined
UAM and the Division of Agriculture as a research associate and instructor in January
He progressed through the ranks to a full professor in 2003. In 2006, he was selected
as associate dean for the School of Forest Resources and associate director for the
Arkansas Forest Resources Center. He was appointed dean and director in 2011.
“Since I first arrived on campus many years ago, there have been several substantial
changes,” Tappe said. “Academic, research, and extension programs have all evolved;
facilities have been renovated and expanded; and academic units have been merged to
form a larger, more comprehensive college. These changes have all been consistently
positive. However, what has not changed is the dedication and commitment of our faculty
and staff, and the determination and quality of our students and alumni. Serving as
dean and director has been a wonderful opportunity.”
Tappe holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University
in Nacogdoches, Texas, and a doctorate in forestry from Clemson University.
“Under Dr. Tappe’s leadership, the CFANR has continued to provide superior programs
in education, research and outreach in the areas of forestry, agriculture and natural
resources,” said Peggy Doss, UAM Chancellor. “During his tenure, the College has evolved
to meet the current and future education and research needs` of the global industry.
Dr. Tappe is a valued friend, colleague, and a highly respected professional. I congratulate
him on his retirement and thank him for his many years of dedication to UAM and the
Arkansas Forest Resources Center.”
Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, has
worked with Tappe since 2006. “The Division of Agriculture expresses our thanks and
gratitude to Phil while he served admirably as dean and director,” he said. “The partnership
we have with UAM has been enhanced through his leadership and knowledge of the forestry
industry, wildlife management, and agriculture. While we are sorry to see him go,
we want to congratulate him on his retirement and wish him all the best.”
Robert Ficklin will serve as interim dean and director. Ficklin joined UAM as an assistant
professor of forest soils in 2002. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008
and a full professor in 2016. In 2015, he was named associate dean for academics and
continues in that role for the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural resources.
Ficklin holds degrees from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s in Forest
Resource Management, a master’s in Forest Soils and Statistics, and a doctorate in
Soil and Atmospheric Sciences.
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.
About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas
Forest Resources Center
The College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Arkansas Forest
Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, brings together
interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas
at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The College
and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but
their programs range statewide with the mission of developing and delivering teaching,
research, and extension programs that enhance and ensure the sustainability and productivity
of forest-based natural resources and agricultural systems. Academic programs are
delivered by the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources through the
University of Arkansas at Monticello. Through the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, research is administered by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station,
and extension and outreach activities are coordinated by the Arkansas Cooperative
The University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture offer all of their programs to all eligible persons without regard
to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion,
age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally
protected status, and are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Media Contact: Lon TegelsU of A System Division of AgricultureArkansas Forest Resources Center(870) 460-1852Tegels@uamont.edu