About Dean Maness
Dr. Thomas Maness
Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean
College of Forestry
Oregon Forest Research Laboratory Director
Oregon State University
109 Richardson Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-5704
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Thomas Maness is Cheryl Ramberg and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry and Director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory.
Prior to his appointment as dean, he was head of the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at OSU's College of Forestry, where he was responsible for the professional forest management and engineering degree programs.
Thomas’ research interest is in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance the production of traditional forest products with society’s expanding need for ecosystem services, energy, and climate mitigation. He has also developed and taught courses in Forest & Conservation Economics, Sustainable Forest Management and Quality Management.
Thomas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from West Virginia University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1979. He earned his MS in Forest Operations at Virginia Tech in 1981. Afterwards he worked for Weyerhaeuser Company, where he served as a forest engineer in the Klamath Falls region, developed strategic forest-planning models in corporate R&D, designed and installed advanced manufacturing optimization systems for West Coast sawmills, and conducted financial analysis for large-scale capital projects. In 1989, Thomas earned his doctorate in Forest Economics from the University of Washington and joined the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, where he served in various capacities for 20 years.
In 1994, he founded the Canadian National Centre of Excellence in Advanced Wood Processing, a research and outreach center designed to improve the competitiveness of the value-added wood processing industry in Canada. He served as its founding director for five years. He led the faculty’s effort to design and implement a completely new undergraduate program, which won the Yves Landry Foundation Award for the most innovative Canadian university-level manufacturing technology program in 2002. In 2004, he founded the BC Forum on Forest Economics and Policy, a research and outreach center to engage stakeholders in building a strategic vision for the future of British Columbia’s forest sector. For the next five years, the Forum served as a focal point to build stakeholder awareness on forest policy issues, publishing synthesis papers, conducting focus groups, and holding seminars on economic sustainability, forest tenure and sector competitiveness. In 2008, Thomas served as Senior Policy Analyst with the U.S. Forest Service in Washington D.C. conducting research and writing on climate mitigation and wood energy policy. He joined OSU’s College of Forestry in 2009.
Thomas lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his wife Nicole, and they enjoy exploring remote desert canyons and wilderness backpacking.
Fall All-College Meeting
September 21, 2012
June 11, 2012