New Dean Will Lead Colorado State University’s College of Natural Resources Beginning July 1

Joyce Berry, longtime professor and administrator at Colorado State University’s College of Natural Resources, was named today as the new dean of the college beginning July 1.

Berry, who is a faculty member in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, served as director of the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Institute from 1994-2001. She has served as associate dean for Colorado State’s College of Natural Resources since 2001, was assistant dean from 1999-2001 and interim director of the Colorado Policy Institute from 2001-2002. She was an administrator and instructor at Yale before coming to Colorado State. Berry will replace Al Dyer, who served as dean of the college for 11 years.

"While serving as a strong administrator for Colorado State, Joyce Berry has become a national leader in the area of natural resources," said Colorado State President Larry Penley. "Her dedication and vision will lead an already prominent and well-known College of Natural Resources from distinction in the West to national prominence."

Since 1990, Berry has co-developed undergraduate, graduate and professional environmental leadership programs used by universities and organizations nationwide. In the last year, she has developed, with co-authors, an assessment method and model of a world-class forest resources organization within a large paper company and completed the second 10-year integrated assessment, mandated by Congress, of forest management on Indian Trust Lands in the United States.

"Joyce has served our university for the past decade through her exceptional research, teaching and outreach efforts. She has made strong contributions to the college and to the campus community as a whole," said Colorado State Provost Peter Nicholls.

As associate dean, Berry’s responsibilities included academic and student affairs, communication, external relations and development.

In 2000, Berry secured a $700,000 private gift for the College of Natural Resources Program in Environment and Natural Resources Leadership.

"It is impossible to express how honored I am to be the dean of the College of Natural Resources," Berry said. "I have the privilege of knowing first hand that there is not a finer and more committed community of faculty, scientists, staff and students to work with than those in this college. And I could not be more excited about the future of the college because it has the people and the standard-setting programs to address the critical environmental and natural resource issues of not only Colorado and the West but of a global world."

Berry’s recent research includes microbial management in national parks. She currently serves on the national commission for science and sustainable forestry and the executive committees of the national council of environmental deans and directors and Colorado State Alumni board of directors.

Berry received her bachelor’s in political science and secondary teaching credential from the University of California-Berkeley, her master’s in regional resource planning from Colorado State and her doctorate in forestry and environmental studies at Yale University.

The College of Natural Resources at Colorado State includes the departments of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Forest Rangeland Watershed Stewardship, Geosciences, Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism, and the College of Natural Resources Interdisciplinary Studies.