Dr. Terrell T. “Red” Baker has been Director of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) since April, 2017. The SFRC is comprised of three academic units including Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Forest Resources and Conservation, and Geomatics. The SFRC is highly interdisciplinary, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, minors, online courses, and certificate programs, as well as Extension programs, across all of these program areas. The SFRC supports 57 permanent and 30 grant-funded and joint faculty, 40 permanent staff, and approximately 600 students (undergraduate, graduate, and certificate-seeking). Prior to joining the SFRC, Red served as Chair of the Department of Forestry in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky for nearly seven years. From 1998 to 2010, Red was the Riparian Specialist (60% Extension 40% Research) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and conducted educational and research programs in forested and streamside environments throughout the Southwest. During his last several years at NMSU, Red was the Coordinator of the interdisciplinary Range Improvement Task Force in the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, where he and his colleagues helped mediate natural resource conflicts throughout the state.
Dr. Baker currently serves as Research Chair for the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) and previously served as Chair of that organization’s southern region. He is the author of over 100 scientific and educational publications and has a BA in Economics (University of the South, Sewanee, TN), a MS in Forestry (Clemson University, Clemson, SC), and a PhD in Forest Biology (Auburn University, Auburn, AL). In his spare time Red enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hunting, and fishing.