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ESF Alumnus to Lead Society of American Foresters

Michael T. Goergen


imageMichael T. Goergen Jr. has been appointed executive vice-president and chief executive officer of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Goergen had been holding the position on an interim status since his predecessor, William H. Banzhaf, departed on December 31.

"Michael brings a wealth of talent and institutional knowledge to the position," says SAF president Jason N. Kutack. "He was unanimously endorsed by the search committee and the SAF Council. I'm sure Michael will continue to move the organization forward." The executive vice-president serves as SAF's chief executive officer, responsible to the SAF Council, the organization's governing body. The EVP directs the staff, programs, and activities of the Society in accordance with the strategic plan and within the operating policies established by the Council. The Society of American Foresters represents the profession of forestry through accreditation of university forestry curricula, certification of forestry professionals, continuing education, positions on forest policy, public communications, member leadership development, and the publication of five peer-reviewed scientific journals and one newspaper. The organization has 17,000 members, 33 state or multi-state societies, and 250 local chapters. SAF has 28 national working groups representing the various disciplines within the profession, such as ecology, wildlife management, economics, and policy. SAF also has 10 standing committees to assist in carrying out volunteer activities. "I'm very honored to be chosen for this position," says Goergen. "In many ways, my selection reflects the good work of the national office staff, the mentorship I received from my predecessor, and the knowledge I have gained from SAF members. I look forward to addressing some of the challenges facing SAF and the forestry profession."

Before serving SAF as its interim executive vice-president and CEO, Goergen served the organization as its senior director of policy and programs (2001-02). Before holding that position, Goergen was SAF's director of forest policy (1999-2001), associate director of government affairs (1998-99), and Congressional liaison (1996-97). Goergen joined SAF in 1996 after earning a master's in forestry, policy, and administration from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry-Syracuse. He also holds a BS in environmental studies, policy, and management from SUNY-ESF.

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.

Contact: Jeff Ghannam
May 27, 2003
Society of American Foresters
(301) 897-8720, ext. 135
5400 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814-2198
(301) 897-8720
Fax (301) 897-3690