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Dean shares lessons with next generation of AgForestry leaders

Wright, standing, smiles with arms crossed behind back, in front of two listeners.
CAHNRS Dean André-Denis Wright prepares to speak to members of the AgForestry Leadership course at Washington State University.

Few things affect the lives of Northwest residents more than our food, environment, and economy. To keep Northwest farms, forests, fisheries and communities strong, the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation trains new leaders every year in agriculture, forestry and natural resources through the AgForestry Leadership program.

This month, Dean André-Denis Wright welcomed and addressed participants of the current Leadership class.

Wright highlighted the role of research in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences in pushing forward the boundaries of applied knowledge, and noted that the college is the top destination for U.S. Department of Agriculture investment.

“I see my role as empowering others to be the best that they can be,” said Wright, who offered an overview of his career journey and lessons on leadership, mentorship, and fostering potential.

Today’s challenges demand able, informed leaders who can communicate, collaborate, inspire and serve, influencing decisions that impact natural resources and the Washington economy. For more than a century, faculty at WSU and CAHNRS have trained the next generation of farmers and foresters, while discovering, partnering and sharing advances in production and management through WSU Extension.

  • Learn more about the AgForestry Leadership program here.
  • Learn more about industry-changing research at CAHNRS here.
  • Learn more about WSU Extension here.
  • Head and shoulders photo of Wright and McGrath, in sunny hallway.
    Dean Wright meets with Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation President Sheryl McGrath during AgForestry Leadership’s Pullman visit.