Michigan Tech Forestry Dean Endows Natural Resources Workforce Diversity Fund
Terry L. Sharik, dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) at Michigan Technological University, has donated a gift to establish the Terry L. Sharik Endowed Fund for Natural Resources Workforce Diversity.
He plans to seed the fund with $25,000 by 2017 and donate an additional 10 percent of his estate upon his death.
The fund is designed to enable others to contribute to it. “My hope is that others will begin to contribute to it in the near future,” Sharik said.
To donate to the fund, go to http://www.mtu.edu/giving/, choose Make a Gift, Other, and in the Special Instructions box, type Fund #4155.
“I decided to make this gift because I care deeply about the future of the natural resources profession, which in my opinion requires a diverse workforce if it is to serve society at a high level," he went on to say. "That diversity is woefully lacking at the present, especially with respect to gender and even more so, race/ethnicity.”
Earlier this year, Sharik also endowed a natural resources diversity fund at West Virginia University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife Management in 1964. He is also giving to the University of Michigan, where he received his Master of Forestry degree in Forest Recreation and his Ph.D. in Forest Botany, in 1964 and 1970, respectively, with the funds to be used for similar purposes.
“I feel strongly that I should give back to the academic institutions that put me on my professional career path and helped make me who I am today,” said Sharik at the time. “Secondly, I feel deeply that we need to increase diversity in the natural resources profession to a point where it is reflective of society as a whole.”
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