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SUNY-ESF Names New Department Chairs

Susan Anagnost, Gary Scott, David Newman, Arthur Stipanovic, David Sonnenfeld

SYRACUSE — The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry named new chairs for five academic departments.

Dr. Susan Anagnost was named chair of the Department of Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering (CMPWE). She took over from Dr. Robert Meyer who resumed full-time teaching, research, and outreach duties in CMWPE.

Anagnost completed her undergraduate work in biology at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in environmental and resource engineering from ESF.

Anagnost has been a faculty member in CMWPE for 15 years. She is also associate director of ESF's N. C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies.

Dr. Gary Scott is the new chair of the Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering. Prior to the appointment, Scott was associate chair and professor in the department.

Scott completed his undergraduate work in paper and bioprocess engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his graduate work in computer science and chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He came to ESF in 1998 following five years as a research chemical engineer at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis.

Dr. David Newman joins the ESF community as chair of the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. Newman was associate dean and professor of forest economics at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He completed his undergraduate work in forest management at the University of California—Berkeley and his graduate work in forest and resource economics at Duke University. In addition to his position at the University of Georgia, Newman has held visiting faculty/research positions in Sweden, China, and Australia.

Dr. Arthur Stipanovic was named chair of the Department of Chemistry. Stipanovic will also continue in his post as director of Analytical and Technical Services at ESF.

He completed his undergraduate and graduate work in chemistry at ESF. For nearly 20 years he worked in the private sector as a research chemist and research manager, first for St. Regis Paper Company and then for Texaco, before returning to ESF to teach in 1998.

Dr. David Sonnenfeld was named chair of the Department of Environmental Studies. Sonnenfeld was professor in the Department of Community and Rural Sociology at Washington State University and is a research associate with the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at the University of Oregon and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has also held positions at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Release No. 9/24/07