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 diversity.

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 daughter, Shannon.

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