Professor Thomas R. Fox has been appointed the Honorable Garland Gray Professor of Forestry by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. This professorship was established in 1985 by the late state Senator Elmon Gray in memory of his father, who also served in the Senate of Virginia. Previous Garland Gray Professors include James Burger, Harry Haney, and Otis Hall.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2000, Fox has received international attention for his work in the sustainable management of forest plantations in North and South America. He is recognized as a global expert in plantation forest management and carries the distinction of Fellow in both the Society of American Foresters and the Soil Science Society of America.

“This is a tremendous honor for me personally, but it is really a recognition of the wonderful faculty, graduate students, and staff that I have had the privilege of working with while at Virginia Tech,” Fox said. “Without their support and that of my family, this would not have been possible.”