Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and College of Engineering have named new deans within the last few weeks. Sandra Woods returns to OSU from Colorado State, where there she was the dean of the College of Engineering since 2006. During her time on the OSU faculty (1984-2001), Woods was honored for her teaching and helped launch Oregon State’s distance and continuing education programs. Sabah Randhawa, OSU’s provost and executive vice president had this to say about Woods:
Sandra Woods is an experienced and visionary leader, who directed Colorado State’s engineering program through an impressive period of growth in enrollment, research and impact.
Thomas Maness has been named the new dean of the College of Forestry. He has been at OSU as a professor and head of the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at OSU since 2009. As a forest economist who specializes in developing innovative forest policies and practices, Randhawa says:
His vision and experience will help us further advance the college and its contributions to the university’s signature area of advancing the science of sustainable earth ecosystems.
Both colleges are excited for the new leadership of Woods and Manness as Forestry and Engineering continue to grow as some of OSU’s top colleges in research and academics.