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MONTICELLO, Ark. — 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
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.
To learn about extension and research programs in Arkansas, visit https://uada.edu/.
Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk, @uaex_edu or @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: Mary HightowerChief Communications OfficerUniversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture email@example.com 501-671-2006