The Visiting Committee is dedicated to helping the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences maintain high-quality and relevant programs while advancing School prominence in the rapidly changing world of natural resources management. The Visiting Committee will represent a broad public and private sector perspective, which the School can use to critique and advance its strategic initiatives.

Specific Charges

  • Advance a policy of sustainability of natural resources in natural and managed urban and wild land environments, where ecological and economic issues, societal values and political interchange meet in productive discourse.
  • Advise the Director on strategic opportunities, challenges and other issues
  • Strive for continuing alignment of School objectives, strategies, programs and collaborations with state-of-the-art advances in science, technology and policy
  • Reach out to other university centers and colleges, where appropriate, to ensure intercollegiate collaboration that advances sustainable resource management
  • Advise and assist the School and director with funding opportunities that support strategic objectives
  • Act as ambassadors to the public to represent policy and budget issues important to the School and its professions
  • Maintain productive relationships with regional institutions, public agencies, Native American tribes and businesses
  • Advise the director and faculty on ongoing issues, to accomplish a seamless assimilation of the School within the College of the Environment and strengthen the School and forestry education

Terms and Conditions

  • Members of the Visiting Committee will be drawn from diverse elements of the private, public, university, alumni and other sectors. The School will make efforts to gain forest industry and non-industry committee representation from family forests, urban forests, urban horticulture and public gardens, tribal forests, parks, environmental conservation and recreation interests; and to gain expertise in management, research, education, public relations, politics and fundraising. It is not intended that these perspectives will each be represented by one person.
  • The term of committee appointment is three years.
  • Meetings will be held at regular intervals, generally quarterly, or at the request of the director and committee chair.
  • The committee will, at its discretion, invite opportunities for faculty, student and staff interaction and encourage such interaction.
  • The chair of the committee will convene and lead all committee meetings and appoint sub-committees as needed.

Committee Topics

  • New faculty and major research programs
  • Updates on major changes in curricula or degree programs
  • Outreach education, technology transfer and policy assistance to Washington’s forestry and other environmental sectors
  • Major initiatives or situations in the University that may affect the School
  • Changes in federal or state laws or policies, markets, technologies or forest conditions that might affect School programs
  • Opportunities for strengthening collaborative work with private, tribal, state and federal forestry institutions
  • Initiatives to further the attainment of UW capital goals

The School will provide an orientation and update for the committee at meeting presentations and other communications. There will be opportunities to interact with School leadership and to share information and ideas. Staff will keep committee members well-informed on current and pending broad issues as well as on specific decisions on which the committee is expected to participate. These might include strategic plans for the School; providing perspectives on research, education and outreach; or assisting with issues. Agenda topics and materials will be available at least a week prior to the meeting.

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