Thomas Maness was appointed the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and Director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory in 2012. He joined OSU’s College of Forestry in 2009 as Department Head.
Thomas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from West Virginia University, a MS in Forest Operations from Virginia Tech and a Doctorate in Forest Economics from the University of Washington. 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 of Excellence in 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 are forest policy, land use planning, value-added manufacturing and sustainable forest management.
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.