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Forestry Professor Nabs Top Service Award

Professor Steve McKeand is director of the Tree Improvement CooperativeSteve McKeand, professor of forestry and environmental resources at NC State, has devoted his long academic career to making the state greener – in both an ecological and economic sense.

His long record of service inside and outside of the classroom has earned McKeand the James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The award, named in honor of the late North Carolina governor, was established in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize and reward distinguished public service and outreach by faculty across the University system. It includes a $7,500 cash award.

In addition to his faculty role, McKeand serves as the director of NC State’s Cooperative Tree Improvement Program. He has dedicated more than three decades to basic and applied tree genetics, helping to make NC State the world epicenter for tree improvement and tree breeding.  North Carolina’s forest industry has benefitted from McKeand’s work through larger, healthier harvests and more sustainable forests.

NC State is the only university in the United States where formal classes in forest genetics are taught.

This article was originally published by NC State News.