Dr. Montague Whiting was named the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award at the environmental science, forestry and spatial science scholarship banquet held this spring.
Whiting joined the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in 1972 as an instructor and camp director of the forestry field station, then held in Milam, Texas. In 1979, he was promoted to assistant professor of forest wildlife management where he served the university for more than two decades before retiring in 2002 as the Henry M. Rockwell Chair of Forestry. Following retirement, Whiting was named Professor Emeritus.
“I think it is safe to say that his reputation for being a hard-nosed, demanding professor was always accompanied by caring for his students and seeing that they succeed in their career and in life,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “He is the embodiment of a student-centered educator.”
Whiting continues to contribute to the college by maintaining and establishing relationships with alumni. He is also actively involved in the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society and organizes a Stephen F. Austin State University alumni gathering each year.
Whiting earned a Bachelor of Science in forestry from Auburn University, a Master of Science in forest watershed management from University of Arizona, and a doctorate from Texas A&M.