MISSOULA – The University of Montana has hired a former College of Forestry and Conservation faculty member to serve as dean.
Tom DeLuca, who spent 12 years at UM, will begin his new duties on Jan. 1, 2017. He currently serves as the director of the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
“I am thrilled to be taking on responsibility as dean of one of the best natural resource programs in the nation, and I am very happy to be coming home to Montana,” DeLuca said.
As a highly acclaimed soil scientist, DeLuca has an impressive research publication and funding record. In addition to his time at UM and UW, DeLuca has worked as a faculty member at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and Bangor University in the United Kingdom. DeLuca was also a senior scientist at The Wilderness Society for three years and senior research scientist at the Institute for Subarctic Alpine Research in Sweden.
“Given his depth of experience, and the broad support he received from faculty, staff and administrators, I am confident that Dr. DeLuca can successfully lead the College of Forestry and Conservation,” said UM Provost Perry Brown.
Former dean of the school Jim Burchfield retired in August. UM Professor Wayne Freimund is serving as interim dean.
DeLuca already has outlined his goals in his new role.
“I intend to focus on three overarching objectives while getting up to speed on day-to-day functions: ensure an outstanding student experience; create conditions for faculty, staff and students to do their best work; and pursue a unified vision of how our college will continue to be a leader in sustainable resource management and research.”