Robison, Daniel J.
Dean, West Virginia University – Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources
Director, WV University Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station
Professor, Forest Resources Management
Dan Robison began his work at WVU in May 2012. The WVU Davis College is comprised of more than 200 faculty and professional staff working in three constituent schools. These are the Schools of Agriculture and Food, Natural Resources, and Design and Community Development. The disciplines represented in these schools include animal science, nutrition and foods, biochemistry, physiology and microbiology, genetics, horticulture, soils and agronomy, forestry, wood science, recreation and parks, wildlife and fisheries, energy resources, economics, landscape architecture, fashion and merchandising, housing and design, and agricultural education and extension. The College has studios, laboratories, greenhouses and multiple farms and forests across the state as enabling facilities. As Dean he oversees all aspects of the teaching, research and service missions of the college, collaborative interactions with the broader university and external partners, and administrative, budget, advancement, and facilities functions. The College has developed several new buildings and completed significant renovations, reorganized its academic and field station structure, added new discipline specific and cross-cutting curricula, redeveloped its communications and marketing approaches, achieved record enrollment and retention, and raised significant gift funds for scholarships, faculty activities, and building projects. The College has a wonderful longstanding culture of community and teamwork, and service to the university and the state, enabling it to reach these goals, and more.
Robison is a forester and forest entomologist by discipline. His experience prior to WVU includes:
State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental
Science and Forestry in Syracuse (BS 1982 - Forestry, MS 1986 - Silviculture and
University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD 1993 - Entomology)
In West Africa (1991-1993) as consultant and volunteer
for West Africa Rice Development Association, African Development Bank, and Peace
SUNY-Syracuse (1993-1997, and 1985-1987), as Biomass
Program Director, faculty and research associate
NC State University (1997-2012) as faculty and Director
of Hardwood Research Cooperative (across 13 Southern states), and as Associate
Dean for Research, with responsibilities in research, extension, international
and strategic planning; Natural Resources Leadership Institute (2003-2004) and
Equal Opportunity Institute (2011)
- American Council on Education leadership fellow (2007-2008)
on leave from NC State, serving in the Chancellors’ offices at East Carolina University
and University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Robison has done field work throughout the eastern U.S. and worldwide, including Canada, Myanmar, Israel and South Africa. He has completed graduate students, advised undergraduates, and published/presented in the areas of forest entomology and pest management, silviculture of natural hardwoods, biomass-bioenergy plantation systems, agro/agri-forestry, and clonal forestry. His research and service efforts with co-Investigators generated more that $23 million prior to joining WVU. His primary teaching responsibilities (at NC State) were introductory courses in forestry and natural resources, and forest science. Robison has received recognitions for excellence in Teaching and Service.