The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Professorship of Teaching Excellence in Forestry

In 2009 the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund awarded OSU a $900,000 grant to create an endowed professorship in the College of Forestry. The endowment income will be used to augment salary funding in order to retain leading faculty members who excel in teaching. Holders of the professorship may be in a new or existing position from any department, teaching classes in forest management, renewable materials, or forest engineering at undergraduate or graduate levels. The professorship will focus on early to mid-career faculty members and be awarded competitively on a three-year rotating basis.

Among Oregon's largest foundations, the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund supports the good works of Oregonians by making grants to community based, not-for-profit organizations in five core areas: the cultural arts, education, human services, medicine, and public service. The private grant-making foundation was formed in 1970 by the late Maybelle Clark Macdonald and her husband, Fred Macdonald. Her Clark relatives first settled in Linnton, Ore., in 1902, and developed a timber empire which became Willamette Industries. A noted philanthropist, Mrs. Macdonald founded Meals on Heels (predecessor to Loaves & Fishes' Meals on Wheels program) as well as the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Center and Residence, which serves people living in poverty in Portland. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 93.

 

Ron Reuter

Ron ReuterThe head of OSU-Cascades' Natural Resources program, Ron Reuter was named the inaugural holder of the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Professorship in 2012. He also was named OSU's 2012 Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor; the award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, is the highest teaching honor given by Oregon State University.

An associate professor in OSU's Forest Ecosystems and Society department, Reuter arrived in Central Oregon in 2003 from a lecture position at Humboldt State University in Northern California. His work focuses on restoration ecology, pedology, wetland soils, and landscape ecology. His teaching is consistently highly regarded by students both for the course content and the real world application of academic principles. In spring 2011, Reuter co-led the 51st National Soil Judging Contest that brought over 100 students from 20 colleges and universities from across the nation to Bend.

Reuter previously worked as a landscape ecologist for the Environmental Protection Agency in North Carolina and Stillwater Sciences in Arcata, Calif. He holds a doctorate in soil science and water resources from the University of Minnesota, a master's in soil science from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor's in environmental resource management from Penn State University.

 

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