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Forest Resources Group Names Outstanding Alumni
North Dakota Ag Connection - 06/11/2018

Five alumni received 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards from Penn State's Forest Resources Alumni Group.

The purpose of the awards is to recognize outstanding graduates of the former School of Forest Resources and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. This year's Outstanding Alumni Award recipients are William M. Healy, of Smithville, W.V.; John E. McDonald, of Westfield, Mas.; Steven A. Williams, of Gardners; and Howard G. Wurzbacher Jr., of Titusville. The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award is designated for alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years. This year's recipient is Devin A. DeMario, of Manassas, Va.

Williams graduated from Penn State in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in environmental resource management. He received his master's degree in biology at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks in 1981 before completing a doctorate in forest resources at Penn State in 1986. Williams served as the secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, deputy executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and assistant director for wildlife and deer for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service between 2002 and 2005.

In 2004, Outdoor Life magazine awarded Williams the prestigious Conservation Award for Public Service for his leadership in the conservation partnership between sportsmen and women and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He was named a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumnus in 2003. Williams was a speaker at the 2017 Northeast Student Conclave hosted by the Penn State student chapter of The Wildlife Society. He is currently president of the Wildlife Management Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership to conserve, restore and enhance North American wildlife and habitats.

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