John Carroll (’77 B.S. forestry and wildlife) retired from his position as deputy state forester after 35 years in the Virginia Department of Forestry, during which time he oversaw many of the department’s operations. “The Virginia Department of Forestry is often recognized as one of the best state forestry agencies in the country,” Carroll said. “I’m proud to have been part of that service.”

Carroll started off his career as a field forester, working with landowners and forestry professionals to help meet their forestry management goals, but he soon transitioned to a management role with the agency and became deputy state forester in 2002. “Natural resource professionals are the finest people in the world, and it has been a real honor to have served with people who have a passion for what they do,” Carroll said.

Carroll met Virginia, his wife of 32 years, while working with the agency, and the couple plans to work on their family tree farm during his retirement. He is also in the process of establishing a new consulting business. “John and Virginia were excellent advocates for forestry for many years,” said Carl Garrison, state forester. “They are a great team, and I hope we haven’t seen the last of them in the forestry community.”

“John is one of those very special people who is generous with both his time and resources,” Dean Paul Winistorfer said of Carroll, who served on the advisory board for the college’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation from 2002 to 2010. “John and Virginia have given generously to the college for many years, both financially and in service, and we have been honored to work with John in his roles with the Department of Forestry,” he continued. “Every now and then you get the opportunity to interact with a really solid person of character and integrity, and that has been John Carroll.”