West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design appointed two faculty members to key interim positions within the College.

Tim Phipps, professor of agricultural and resource economics and former director of the Division of Resource Management, is currently serving as associate dean for research and outreach and associate director of the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, which coordinates and oversees the research mission of the Davis College.

Jerry Fletcher, professor of agricultural and resource economics, replaced Phipps as the director of the Division of Resource Management, home of academic, research and outreach programs in agricultural and extension education, agricultural and natural resource economics, and landscape architecture.

Phipps received his bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973 and his master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis in 1977 and 1981, respectively.

Prior to joining West Virginia University in 1989 he was a fellow at the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. He also taught at the University of Maryland from 1981-1985 as an assistant professor within the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Phipps twice chaired the Markets and Trade panel of the U.S.D.A. National Research Initiative and served on a National Academy of Sciences Committee.

“Dr. Phipps has the ideal background to lead the research mission of the college as well as the Experiment Station,” said Cameron Hackney, dean and director of the College and Experiment Station. “He has been a leader in the college and, more importantly, he has worked with almost every discipline within the College’s five divisions. “

Fletcher received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Wyoming in 1976 and his master’s in economics and doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis in 1979 and 1982, respectively.

Along with his new role as interim division director, Fletcher is the director of the Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC), director of the US-China Energy Center, faculty research associate with the Regional Research Institute, and adjunct professor of economics at WVU. He is also an institute fellow with the NETL Institute for Advanced Energy Solutions.

“As the leader of NRAC, Dr. Fletcher has worked across division and state lines and is internationally recognized,” Hackney said. “With his strong leadership skills and commitment to the college, he was a natural choice to step into the interim role of division director.”

At this time, both will hold their current positions in the College for one year.



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