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Jay Sullivan named head of forest resources and environmental conservation department

Jan. 28, 2016 – Jay Sullivan, professor of forestry economics and management, has been named head of Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.

“Dr. Sullivan emerged from an extremely strong applicant pool, and I’m especially pleased that we have identified new leadership from within the department,” said Paul Winistorfer, dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

“Jay knows our strengths, our challenges, and our aspirations and had the strong support of the search committee as well as department faculty and staff,” Winistorfer continued. “The department is a North American leader and internationally renowned. Dr. Sullivan has the best attributes of leadership to help continue a positive, productive, and collegial environment that allows the department and the college to be their very best at teaching, research, and outreach.”

Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in forest management and a master’s degree in forest economics from Colorado State University. His doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley focused on the economic impacts of forest and natural resources management and examined the impacts of timber harvest policies in California national forests on local forest-based communities.

Sullivan came to Virginia Tech in 1988, strengthening the department’s specialization in forest resource management and economics. He had served as interim head of the department since May 2015.  (continue reading........)

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