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Haney selected for professorship

By Lynn Davis

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 13 - November 17, 1994

Virginia Tech has named Harry L. Haney Jr. to the Garland Gray Professorship of Forestry. A gift from former Virginia Senator Elmon T. Gray of Waverly, in memory of his father, Garland Gray, endows the named professorship.

Haney, who is a professor of forestry in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, also holds an Extension appointment and is known throughout the state for the timber-tax seminars he gives to private forest owners and tax professionals.

College Dean Greg Brown, in making the announcement, said that "Dr. Haney is nationally recognized as an expert in forest taxation and the economics of managing private nonindustrial forest land."

A faculty member at Virginia Tech since 1975, Haney has organized and taught more than 360 short courses, seminars, and workshops on timber taxation, estate planning, forest finance, and management of private timberlands.

Haney has also co-authored three books and has written more than 120 technical publications on forestry. As a member of the Society of American Foresters, he has served as chair of the Appalachian Society, been elected a fellow, and has received the Society's National Technology Transfer and Extension Award.

He received Gamma Sigma Delta's Award for Extension at Virginia Tech and the Southern Extension Forester's Awards for Excellence in both Extension publications and taxation programming. In addition to numerous other awards throughout the years, he has received the Virginia Forestry Association's Man of the Year in Forestry award.

Besides his teaching, research, and Extension duties that are integral to the mission of a land-grant university, Haney is faculty advisor to Virginia Tech's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). His chapter tied for first place in the nation, and he and his student officers recently went to Alaska, where they received the award at SAF's annual meeting.

Under Haney's leadership Virginia Tech's chapter had also been recognized during SAF's annual meeting in 1991 at San Francisco for tying for first place as the nation's outstanding SAF student chapter.