Less than two years after being appointed to the Forestry Research Advisory Council, Shibu Jose has recently been selected as the chair-elect for the council.
Jose will serve as the chair next year.
“It was exciting to be appointed to the council in 2014 – and it’s indeed a great honor to be voted chair-elect this year,” Jose said.
Jose was selected to the council by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in early 2014.
Jose is the director of the Center for Agroforestry and the superintendent of the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin, Mo. He is also the H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor in the School of Natural Resources.
The Forestry Research Advisory Council advises and presents recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Jose said the council is required by the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 to provide advice to the Secretary on the McIntire-Stennis capacity funding for land-grant universities administered through the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
South Carolina State Forester Gene Kodama is the current chair. Cassandra Moseley, associate vice president for research at the University of Oregon, is the immediate past chair.
FRAC is a 20-member council, all picked by the Secretary.