The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding alumni and to foster closer relationships between the award recipients and students, faculty, staff, and other alumni. All alumni of the School of Forest Resources and successor Department of Ecosystem Science and Management are eligible. This includes graduates of all associate, baccalaureate, master's, and Ph.D. programs. Also eligible are graduates of Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs (IGDPs) who were advised by a faculty member in the School of Forest Resources or successor Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Awards may be made posthumously. The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award is designated for alumni who have graduated within the previous 10 years. Nominations are due September 30.

For information about the awards:
Outstanding Alumni Award (PDF)
Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Nomination forms:
Outstanding Alumni Nomination Form (PDF)
Online Outstanding Alumni Nomination Form

The first recipients of the School of Forest Resources Outstanding Alumni Awards were honored in 2001, and the first recipient of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award was honored in 2003. The recipients of these awards to date (and the degrees they earned from Penn State's School of Forest Resources and successor Department of Ecosystem Science and Management) are listed below. Click on each for a photo and biosketch.

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Outstanding Recent Alumni Award (description)

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Outstanding Alumni Award (description)

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Outstanding Alumni Nomination Form (pdf)

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Online Outstanding Alumni Nomination Form
2023 Outstanding Alumni

Daniel P. Loucks

2022 Outstanding Alumni

Edwin R. Browning, John D. Mood

2021 Outstanding Alumni

Wayne K. Murphey (posthumous award), David P. Scott, and Lisa Williams

2020 Outstanding Alumni

Robert W. Bauer (posthumous award), Joseph P. Eichert, Michael G. Messina, Stephen H. Schoenholtz, and Outstanding Recent Alumnus Robert T. Caccese

2019 Outstanding Alumni

William E. Sharpe, Tina J. Terrell, David W. Trimpey, Scot J. Williamson, and Outstanding Recent Alumna Emily H. Thomas

2018 Outstanding Alumni

William M. Healy, John E. McDonald, Steven A. Williams, Howard G. Wurzbacher, Jr., and Outstanding Recent Alumna Devin A. DeMario

2017 Outstanding Alumni

Gary Alt, Daniel A. Devlin, Wayne F. MacCallum, Lawrence J. Niles, and Outstanding Recent Alumna Megan Davis Reed

2016 Outstanding Alumni

Kenneth C. Kane, Robert E. Slagle

2015 Outstanding Alumni

Paul R. Blankenhorn, Stephen C. Grado, Richard W. Guldin, Peter W. "Pete" Prutzman, and Outstanding Recent Alumna Samantha J. Pedder

2014 Outstanding Alumni

Robert L. Berg, Warren E. Frayer, Roy A. Siefert, Richard A. Werner

2013 Outstanding Alumni

Charles J. Barden, James M. Guldin, Steven W. Koehn, Robert D. Rorabaugh

2012 Outstanding Alumni

Stephen E. Fairweather, Thomas K. Fidler, Earl W. Hower, Steven F. Resh, and Outstanding Recent Alumnus Carson G. Engelskirger

2011 Outstanding Alumni

William R. Donley, James C. Finley, Paul W. Shogren, Michael W. Tome, and Outstanding Recent Alumna Jamie Dahl

2010 Outstanding Alumni

Joseph E. Barnard, Malcolm H. Stehman, Robert G. "Bob" Kintigh, Thomas. H. Yorke, and Outstanding Recent Alumnus David J. Gustafson

2009 Outstanding Alumni

John C. Davies, Glenn P. Haney, Ralph E. Heilig, Keith D. Horn

2008 Outstanding Alumni

Henry D. Gerhold, George R. Kemp, Nelson S. Loftus, Charles H. Strauss, Lowell T. Underhill

2007 Outstanding Alumni

John A. "Jack" Byerly, Bruce M. Edwards, Marc D. Lewis, Harry E. Murphy

2006 Outstanding Alumni

Keith A. Atherholt, Alex W. Kirnak, Robert C. McColly, Darrel L. Williams

2005 Outstanding Alumni

Robert H. Bommer, Philip J. Craul, John T. Steimer, Richard G. Wallace, and Outstanding Recent Alumnus James J. Zaczek

2004 Outstanding Alumni

James R. Grace, James C. Nelson, Walter R. "Dick" Rossman, Alden "Denny" Townsend

2003 Outstanding Alumni

Joseph E. Ibberson, Gregory M. Schrum, Mark R. Webb and Outstanding Recent Alumnus Thomas L. Serfass

2002 Outstanding Alumni

Edward F. Kocjancic, Robert H. Rumpf, David L. Spencer (posthumous award)

2001 Outstanding Alumni

William C. Bramble, Eugene Decker, Pamela J. Edwards, John C. Good

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management


117 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management


117 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802