Thomas Maness

Dean, College of Forestry
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Dean, College of Forestry

Thomas Maness serves as the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and Director of Oregon’s Institute for Working Forest Landscapes research program: http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/research/cof-research-restructured-focus-working-forest-landscapes. He joined the college in 2009 as head of the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department.

As Dean, Dr. Maness has led the development of a new forestry professional school program and new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and redefined the college’s research mission through the Institute for Working Forest Landscapes, an innovative research institute dedicated to developing adaptive forest management techniques that integrate social, ecological and economic objectives across the landscape. Under his leadership, the college has also implemented new student recruitment and international programs to enhance the student experience and better prepare students for careers in forestry and the forest products industry.

Dr. Maness earned his Ph.D. in forest economics from the University of Washington, his M.S. in forest operations from Virginia Tech, and his B.S.F. in forest management from West Virginia University. He has worked in private industry as a forest engineer, production optimization engineer, and forest planning researcher. In 1994, he founded the Canadian National Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia, and led the design and implementation of an award winning undergraduate manufacturing technology program. In 2004, he founded the British Columbia Forum on Forest Economics and Policy. His research interests include developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance the production of traditional forest products with society’s expanding need for ecosystem services, energy, and climate mitigation.

College of Forestry

Oregon State University's College of Forestry has been educating professionals for a century and is recognized as a world-class center for teaching, research, and outreach on forest landscapes. The College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in three departments, Forest Engineering, Resources & Management, Forest Ecosystems & Society, Wood Science and Engineering, and operates 15,000 acres of College Forests, most of it within minutes of campus.