UBC Reports | Vol. 46 | No. 15 | October 05, 2000
Professor named dean of Forestry
Former head of Wood Science Dept. plans to build community links
Prof. Jack Saddler, head of the Dept. of Wood Science, has been
appointed dean of the Faculty of Forestry effective Dec. 1.
"I think UBC's Faculty of Forestry is one of the strongest in the
world," says Saddler. "We have to build on the university's commitment to
enriching the already high quality of our research and scholarly activity.
"The faculty will continue to build on both disciplinary and interdisciplinary
activity within the university while forging new relationships with industry
and the community," he says.
"Jack will provide outstanding leadership to a faculty that must continue to
play a critical role in the evolution of forest practices and in increasing
society's appreciation for the multiple uses and demands on our forests," says
Barry McBride, UBC vice-president, Academic. "He brings an international
research reputation and excellent administrative skills."
Saddler has served as head of Wood Science since 1998. He also holds the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)-Industry Chair
of Forest Products Biotechnology.
He has held positions in the public sector, academia and private industry where
he has been involved in science, natural resources, industry and trade, policy
and foreign affairs, developing major strategic initiatives at the
regional, national and international levels. He joined UBC as a
professor of Forestry in 1990.
As a researcher, Saddler has gained recognition for his work in the application
of micro-organisms and enzymes in the forest products sector. His main interest
is the conversion of wood and forestry residues into ethanol to serve as an
alternative fuel source to gasoline. He has conducted extensive research on
alternative methods of bleaching pulp, modifying and enhancing paper and fibre
products and treatment of wastewater streams and holds a number of patents in
Saddler has garnered numerous awards, among them the International Union of
Forestry Research Organizations' Scientific Achievement Award in 1996 and the
Charles D. Scott Award for Scientific-Technical Contributions to Biotechnology
He will take over from acting dean John McLean.