Thomas H. DeLuca has been selected as the next Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry.
With an extensive research career that includes more than a decade in Sweden and the United Kingdom, DeLuca, a forest soil scientist, comes to OSU from the University of Montana, where he is currently the dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation. Prior to his three years as University of Montana's forestry dean, DeLuca spent five years as director and professor at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
DeLuca will start at Oregon State on June 30, 2020, overseeing a college with six undergraduate programs, four graduate programs and more than 1,200 students.
“Tom is a highly accomplished researcher and leader who understands Oregon State’s commitment to building and enhancing healthy communities, economies and ecosystems,” said Edward Feser, OSU’s provost and executive vice president. “His national and international experience in working collaboratively with other universities, a range of forestry professionals and an array of stakeholders will help advance the great success and contributions occurring within Oregon State’s College of Forestry.”
DeLuca holds a Ph.D. in soil science from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in soil science from Montana State University and a bachelor’s degree in soil science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I wasn’t looking at any other options or moves, but this is the sort of opportunity that occurs once in a lifetime,” DeLuca said. “I feel strongly that this is a unique position at a time in which forestry has the potential to take a front seat in both conservation and commerce. It is an opportunity to work with an inspiring group of scientists and educators to forward the mission of the College of Forestry and help secure a more sustainable future."
An article from Oregon State University's Newsroom can be found at: https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/oregon-state-university-selects-thoma...