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Grace Appointed Penn State Goddard Chair

James Grace (photo by Gordon Harkins)James Grace, Ph.D. ’78, has been appointed the new Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation, a three-year term in which he will provide leadership on public-policy issues related to natural resources.

As the former deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (2007–2010), Grace directed the Bureaus of State Parks, of Forestry, and of Facility Design and Construction. Under his leadership, Pennsylvania’s state parks were awarded the 2009 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

During his tenure as director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry (1994–2007), the bureau incorporated the principles of ecosystem management and a landscape approach to forest management. In addition, the bureau provided more than $5 million for research and extension activities and added more than 100,000 acres to the state forest system.

From 1987 to 1993, Grace served as a deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Prior to that he was a faculty member at Rutgers University and at Penn State. He earned a Ph.D. in forest resources from Penn State in 1978.

The Goddard Chair was established in 1983 to honor Maurice “Doc” Goddard, Pennsylvania’s “father of state parks.”

Photo: Gordon Harkins