Jim Armstrong, an associate professor in West Virginia Universitys wood science and technology program, was elected vice president of the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), the leading professional organization of the discipline.

Armstrong coordinates WVU s wood science program in the Davis College Division of Forestry, and will be installed to the position at the organizations annual meeting June 19 in Quebec City, Quebec. His one-year term as vice president will be followed by a year as president-elect, then a term as president in 2007-08.

Its a tremendous honor to be recognized by my peers with a leadership role in the Society of Wood Science and Technology,Amrstrong said.It will also be a great opportunity to represent WVU and our wood science and technology program in an international forum and promote the excellence of our programs in teaching, research and service.

WVU s wood science and technology program is one of only 10 that have received accreditation from the SWST . It has been recognized as one of the most heavily recruited of its kind by employers surveyed by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation. It is also one of a handful of university programs that are home to federally funded Centers for Wood Utilization Research, established to generate the new knowledge and technologies needed to maintain a vigorous and competitive domestic forest products industry based on sustainable use of the nation’s forest resources.

Established in 1958, the SWST aims to develop, maintain, and promulgate the educational, scientific, and ethical standards that define the profession; and to advocate the socially responsible production use of wood and wood-based products.