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Director of Arkansas Forest Resources Center to Retire

Phil Tappe retires after 30 years at UAM, U of A System Division of Agriculture

By Lon Tegels – Oct. 13, 2020

RETIRING — Phil Tappe, dean of the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the director of the U of A System Division of Agriculture’s Forest Resources Center, announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2020. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo)

MONTICELLO, Ark. — Phil Tappe has announced he will retire from his post as the University of Arkansas at Monticello dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the director of the U of A System Division of Agriculture’s Forest Resources Center. The move is effective on Dec. 31, 2020.

Tappe spent the last 30 years at the university in a variety of positions. He joined UAM and the Division of Agriculture as a research associate and instructor in January 1991.

He progressed through the ranks to a full professor in 2003. In 2006, he was selected as associate dean for the School of Forest Resources and associate director for the Arkansas Forest Resources Center. He was appointed dean and director in 2011.

“Since I first arrived on campus many years ago, there have been several substantial changes,” Tappe said. “Academic, research, and extension programs have all evolved; facilities have been renovated and expanded; and academic units have been merged to form a larger, more comprehensive college. These changes have all been consistently positive. However, what has not changed is the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff, and the determination and quality of our students and alumni. Serving as dean and director has been a wonderful opportunity.”

Tappe holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and a doctorate in forestry from Clemson University.

“Under Dr. Tappe’s leadership, the CFANR has continued to provide superior programs in education, research and outreach in the areas of forestry, agriculture and natural resources,” said Peggy Doss, UAM Chancellor. “During his tenure, the College has evolved to meet the current and future education and research needs` of the global industry. Dr. Tappe is a valued friend, colleague, and a highly respected professional. I congratulate him on his retirement and thank him for his many years of dedication to UAM and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center.”

Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, has worked with Tappe since 2006. “The Division of Agriculture expresses our thanks and gratitude to Phil while he served admirably as dean and director,” he said. “The partnership we have with UAM has been enhanced through his leadership and knowledge of the forestry industry, wildlife management, and agriculture. While we are sorry to see him go, we want to congratulate him on his retirement and wish him all the best.”

Robert Ficklin will serve as interim dean and director. Ficklin joined UAM as an assistant professor of forest soils in 2002. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and a full professor in 2016. In 2015, he was named associate dean for academics and continues in that role for the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural resources. Ficklin holds degrees from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s in Forest Resource Management, a master’s in Forest Soils and Statistics, and a doctorate in Soil and Atmospheric Sciences.

To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at 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 Extension Service.

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

Lon Tegels

U of A System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Forest Resources Center
(870) 460-1852 | Tegels@uamont.edu

RETIRING — Phil Tappe, dean of the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the director of the U of A System Division of Agriculture’s Forest Resources Center, announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2020. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo)

Media Contact

Lon Tegels

U of A System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Forest Resources Center
(870) 460-1852 | Tegels@uamont.edu