During a time dedicated to celebrating 50 years of success, the School of Forestry will join the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, paving the way for increased educational and research opportunities for students.

The move becomes effective July 1, when the college’s name will change to the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences.

“While the School of Forestry has a long history of success as a relatively autonomous academic unit, I believe there is much that will be gained by becoming part of this larger college,” said Jim Allen, the School of Forestry’s executive director. “In particular, I look forward to working with my new colleagues to develop cross-disciplinary research projects and educational programs.”

Barry Lutz, the college’s interim dean, also is enthusiastic about the potential of the new partnership. “The overlap of the school’s and our interests in several areas—including ecology and the environment—make it a synergistic marriage that promises to serve the faculty and students very well both in research and in our educational mission,” Lutz said.

“We are very much looking forward to the integration of the School of Forestry into the CENS family and recognition of it in our new college name,” he added.

Visit http://www.for.nau.edu/cms/content/view/814/1267 to celebrate the School of Forestry’s 50th anniversary.