Thomas Hinckley, Interim Director School of Forest Resources, named Sarah Reichard as Interim Director until June 30, 2011, replacing Sandra Lier. Starting July 1 Professor Reichard will be the Orin and Althea Soest Director of UWBG, and she will hold that position for one year, until June 30, 2012.
Director Hinckley announced his decision on March 25 and stated: “I am very appreciative that Sarah has accepted this position in these very uncertain times. I believe that Sarah may be the first individual to hold this position who has the combination of skill sets, innovative ideas, community connections, and stakeholder trust not only to adjust to current financial realities, but also to move UWBG forward.”
Dr. Reichard received her Ph.D., working at the Center for Urban Horticulture, in 1994 and returned in 1997 as faculty. Her research is focused on plant conservation, including the biology of both invasive and rare plants. She is the author of more than 40 scientific papers and her new book The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic, was recently published by University of California Press.