Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MSU Appoints New Forest Resources Associate Dean

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A veteran Mississippi State University faculty member is the new associate dean in the College of Forest Resources.

Ian Munn, a forest resource economist and professor, will lead the university’s natural resources program. MSU is the only university in the state that offers a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a bachelor’s degree
in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. As associate dean, Munn will coordinate all aspects of these undergraduate programs, including curriculum, student advising and scholarships.

The college is home to the departments of forestry, forest products, and wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. It offers eleven academic concentrations within two majors. The college also offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in each department.

“We are so glad to have someone with Ian Munn’s experience to fill the associate dean position in the college,” said George Hopper, dean of MSU’s College of Forest Resources. “Dr. Munn is extremely dedicated to the success of our students and will provide outstanding leadership for our college.”

Munn has a distinguished career at MSU and has served as a forestry professor for more than twenty years. His course on professional practices is considered the capstone class of the forestry curriculum. Over time he has transformed the course to enable students to work directly with landowners to develop management plans for their properties.

Munn’s research interest includes natural resource economics. He currently serves in an elected position on the Society of American Foresters’ national Council representing members in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. In 2008, Munn was named a fellow in the Society of American Foresters.

Munn is a native of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He holds a bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina, master’s degrees from Syracuse and Louisiana Tech universities, and a doctorate from North Carolina State University. Contact: Dr. Ian Munn, (662) 325-1379