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SUNY-ESF Graduate Named 2006 Presidential Management Fellow

Robert McAfee

(Syracuse, NY) – Robert McAfee, who received his BS from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2004, has been named a 2006 Presidential Management Fellow. He is one of 550 fellows selected from 167 graduate institutions out of 3,500 applicants in a competitive selection process.

“We have nominated highly qualified individuals for the program over the years, but this is the first time an ESF student has been awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship, “ said Marla A. Bennett, ESF’s PMF institutional representative and assistant dean for Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Bennett continued, “The nomination process is exhaustive and I congratulate Rob for his perseverance. In many ways, he was the ideal candidate because he embodies the qualities we appreciate in our students: dedication to public service, a realistic perspective of environmental issues and policies, high academic standards, and a friendly personality.”

The Presidential Management Fellowship program was created by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and modernized in 2003 under President George W. Bush, who said, “The purpose of the program is to attract to the federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.”

Previous Presidential Management Fellows include former Syracuse University and NASA Administrator, Sean O’Keefe who is currently Chancellor of Louisiana State and A&M College.

McAfee will graduate with his master of science degree in forest and natural resources management in May 2006. His thesis research, “Innovative Management Structures for Onsite Wastewater Treatment” has been completed under the guidance of co-major professors Robert W. Malmsheimer and Sharon D. Moran.

In April, McAfee will join the 2006 fellows for a job fair in Washington, DC where they will meet and select agencies with whom they wish to work. Within the year, fellows and agencies will commit to appointments from the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Interior, Justice, State, Education, Defense, Commerce, and Management and Budget to name a few.

McAfee would like an appointment with the Environmental Protection Agency. Upon completion of the fellows program, McAfee will receive appointment to a full-time permanent position within the federal government.

Additional information about the Presidential Management Fellows Program is accessible from the website: www.pmf.opm.


Release No. 53, March 15, 2006