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Dr. David Newman Named Interim Provost

Appointment began March 1
3/4/2019

"Following the hard work and efforts of the search committee and valuable feedback from the campus community, I am pleased to announce Dr. David Newman has accepted the appointment of interim provost," said Interim President David Amberg.

Newman, previously serves as professor of forest resource economics and policy in the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. He served as the chair for close to 11 years and prior to that was the associate dean of academic affairs and professor at the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree in forest management from the University California at Berkeley and received his masters and Ph.D. in forest resource economics from Duke University.

Newman's primary research areas have been the economics of public policy related to timber supply and land use change. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 refereed journal articles, two books and two edited volumes in the general areas of returns to research in forestry, the economics of timber supply, the role of government policy in landowner decision-making, and forest taxation. He has consulted on various forestry projects with organizations such as the World Bank, the U.S. Forest Service, the World Wildlife Fund, the Agency for International Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

He currently serves as the president of the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs and the chair for the New York Society of American Foresters chapter. He has given lectures or served as a visiting scholar at several international institutions including the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the Swedish Agricultural University, the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Oslo University, the Colombian National Planning Department and the University of Tasmania. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia. He served as an outside consultant for two anti-trust cases, an expert witness in a timberland investment lawsuit in Costa Rica and an environmental suit involving the EPA.

Newman succeeds Dr. Nosa Egiebor, who served as provost and executive vice president for the past two years. Dr. Egiebor will serve as special assistant to the president for international education programs and assist with the transition for the interim provost. As of Sept. 1, 2019, he will serve as professor in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering. I speak for the entire campus community in thanking Dr. Egiebor for his service as provost and executive vice president.