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Goergen Appointed Interim Executive Vice-President of National Forestry Organization

Society of American Foresters


imageMichael T. Goergen Jr., the Society of American Foresters' senior director of policy and programs, has been appointed interim executive vice-president and chief executive officer of SAF. Goergen will hold the position, which will be vacated by William H. Banzhaf on December 31, until the search for a new executive vice-president is completed. Goergen will assume his new duties on January 1.

SAF President David Wm. Smith says that the SAF Council is very pleased with Goergen's willingness to serve in this capacity and that his mission is to "maintain continuity and a steady course of direction" until the search for a new executive vice-president can be brought to closure.

Goergen received his bachelor's degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1994 and his master's degree from ESF in 1996.

The SAF Council, SAF's governing body, will be conducting a nationwide search for a new executive vice-president.

"Council is in the process of finalizing the position announcement and job description and will charge a volunteer search committee with the task of interviewing qualified candidates and making a hiring recommendation to the SAF Council," says Smith. "Our search will be careful and deliberate so we can find the most qualified candidate to fill this important position."

Banzhaf has served SAF in the capacity of executive vice-president-the organization's lead staff person-for the past 14 years.

The Society of American Foresters is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 17,000 professional foresters and natural resource professionals. It is the scientific and educational association representing the profession of forestry in the United States. The Society' s primary objective is to advance the science, technology, education, and practice of professional forestry for the benefit of society.