Dr. Michael Fountain, James Hull, and Larry Poe were recognized as the 2017 Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture Distinguished Alumni during scholarship banquets held earlier this month.
Dr. Michael Fountain earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in forestry from SFA. He continued his academic career at West Virginia University where he earned a doctoral degree in 1977. Fountain served as an assistant professor of forestry at the University of Arkansas at Monticello before returning to SFA in 1981. Fountain served as professor, associate dean and interim dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture before retiring in 2010. His numerous awards and recognitions include the Society of American Foresters Fellowship Award, commendation from the United States Forest Service for expert guidance in forest management, and the Ken Watterston College Teaching Excellence Award.
James Hull graduated with a Bachelor of Science in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1965 and began a career with the Texas Forest Service the following year. He holds the honor of being the first state forester to receive a forestry degree from a Texas university, as well as being the first native Texan state forester. During his tenure with the agency, Hull served as assistant and associate director. Hull’s service has been recognized through multiple awards including the Texas Society of American Foresters Forestry Leadership Award, Texas Society of American Foresters Distinguished Service to Forestry Award, Society of American Foresters Fellowship Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of State Foresters and SFA Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Larry Poe received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a Master of Education from SFA. Poe taught agriculture in East Texas for more than 40 years. Since retiring, he continues contributing to the field of agriculture by raising cattle and growing timber.
Pictured left to right are Dr. Michael Fountain, James Hull, and Larry Poe.