84 Appointment of Professor Tattersall Smith Dean Faculty of Forestry

PDAD&C #84, 2004-05


To:  Staff and Students of the Faculty of Forestry                                                             Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:        Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date:    May 6, 2005
Re:   Appointment of Professor Tattersall Smith, Dean, Faculty of Forestry

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Tattersall Smith as Dean, Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2005 and ending June 30, 2010.

Prof. Smith is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Forest Science at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He has provided leadership to the Department’s research, education and extension programs related to sustainable forest management and ecology, urban and community forestry, and spatial sciences since January 1999.

After obtaining his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia in 1972, a M.S. in Forestry from University of Vermont in 1978, and a doctorate in Forest Resources from the University of Maine in 1984, he was a member of the forestry faculty of the University of New Hampshire in Durham for ten years. Prof. Smith then spent seven years in New Zealand. While there, he served as project leader for sustainability and environmental research and manager of the Forest Research Institute's South Island Operations. In this position, he was responsible for leading research programs to develop sustainable forest management practices for New Zealand, and to develop cost-effective and environmentally acceptable systems for the land treatment of wastes.

Prof. Smith’s major research interests are in the area of forest ecology and soils, specifically in the fields of soil science and forest ecology, with special emphasis on the effects of harvesting on site productivity, and forest application of waste materials, including wastewater effluent, biosolids and wood ash. He has experience with the environmental impact analysis associated with bioenergy production systems in North America and New Zealand fast-growing plantations.

He is the President-elect of the National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges, and the Vice-Chair of the Board on Natural Resources of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He is also the Associate Task Leader on the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Agreement (IEA Bioenergy Task 31) “Biomass Production for Energy from Sustainable Forestry”.

He is a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters and a member of the Forest Research Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Professor Smith has a unique background and experience to provide leadership to the Faculty of Forestry and to help the University further advance its efforts with respect to the environment.