Meet the Dean
Dr. Christine Thomas was
appointed Dean of the College in May 2005. In addition to her role as a
university administrator, Thomas developed a program that teaches women outdoor
skills, "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
She was the first female tenured full professor in the college. She has been
active in the past in regional issues related to women in natural resources,
having co-chaired two Midwest Regional conferences related to work force
In addition to her teaching and outreach efforts, Thomas has research
interests that center on resource agency administration, involvement of women in
the outdoors and Wisconsin conservation history. She is an emeritus member of
the board of directors of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and is
past vice chair of the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
She was appointed by the governor of Wisconsin in 2004 to the Wisconsin Natural
Resources Board. She served as Chair from 2007-2010
and currently is the board's Secretary.
In 2006, the Bush Administration appointed Thomas to the Sporting
Conservation Advisory Council. Then, in 2010 she was appointed by the U.S.
secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to serve on the Wildlife and Hunting
Heritage Conservation Council, a federal advisory panel on wildlife conservation
issues which replaced the Sporting Conservation Council.
Thomas has a B.S. in biology from Central Michigan University, an M.S. in
Water Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a Ph.D. in
Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Thomas lives in Plover, Wisconsin, with her husband Stan. They have one