Mike Kilgore will be interim forest resources department head

Mike Kilgore, professor in the Department of Forest Resources, will become interim head of the department effective June 27

Professor Kilgore has been a faculty member in Forest Resources since 2001; in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, he also directs the Natural Resource Science and Management graduate program and leads the college's Graduate and Research Policy and Review Committee. His research expertise is in resource sustainability, specifically the social and economic impacts of land use, timber harvesting and forest management practices as well as the use and effectiveness of various policy tools to promote sustainable natural resources management. 

At the college, university and state level, his outreach work includes sharing his policy expertise on a wide range of natural resource topics and issues. Before joining our faculty, he spent several years of his career in different professional and administrative capacities working on forestry and natural resource issues. He's a three-time graduate of the department, having earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees here. 

He's stepping in to replace Alan Ek, who's retiring June 24 as a full-time professor but will return to Forest Resources later this summer to assist with teaching, research and various service roles.