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Dr. Lee P. Herrington Named Distinguished Teaching Professor

ESF Faculty of Forest and Natural Resources Management


imageSYRACUSE, N.Y. - Dr. Lee P. Herrington, a professor at the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), was named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor by Chancellor Robert L. King. The designation gives Herrington, a professor in ESF's Faculty of Forest and Natural Resources Management, an academic rank above that of full professor and recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated superior mastery of teaching skills, scholarship, professional growth, student services, academic standards, and evaluation of student performance.

Herrington is a professor of information resources management and director of the Laboratory for Applied Geographic Information Systems at ESF. He joined the ESF faculty in 1965, teaching meteorology.

He developed a meteorological laboratory at the Heiberg Memorial Forest in Tully, personally constructing the meteorological towers, installing the instruments, assembling and analyzing data, and aiding in the construction of a classroom/laboratory at the site that students used for class purposes.

The widespread use of geographic information systems technology in New York is, in part, the result of Herrington's work developing course material and professional networks. He is one of the founders of the New York State Geographic Information Systems Conference more than 17 years ago, and saw it develop from a small user group to a major professional development opportunity for more than 500 practitioners each year. He established and directs ESF's Laboratory for Applied GIS.

Herrington is a founding member of the board of directors for the Regional Application Center of the Northeast (RACNE), a new teaching program, at Cayuga Community College. He also serves on the board of the Institute for Applied Geotechnology.

Herrington's students praise his accessibility, his innovative use of technology and materials, and his challenging classes. In addition to his work with undergraduates, he has mentored numerous graduate students, leading to a long list of professionals in the field. Herrington is a productive researcher focused on meteorology, urban forestry and GIS. Among other projects, he generated a geographic database for the northern forest lands area of New York state, creating a digital image of the six million acres north of the Mohawk River.

Herrington earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maine and his master's degree and doctorate from Yale University.