Michael J. Mortimer accepted the position of director of the College of Natural Resources and Environment’s National Capital Region graduate programs in 2008. In this role, he oversees more than 25 adjunct faculty, more than 175 master’s students, and combines program administration duties with teaching and research. He is pursuing new initiatives in the Washington, D.C., area on behalf of the college, including an executive graduate degree program, expansion of distance learning platforms, and development of a global master’s degree.
Mortimer previously served as policy director for the Society of American Foresters, was an assistant professor in the Department of Forestry at Virginia Tech, and
represented the State of Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation as an assistant attorney general.
Mortimer has authored or coauthored more than 50 professional papers, book chapters, and reports on the legal and policy aspects of private and public forest management, and natural resource conservation. He teaches graduate courses in natural resource law and environmental conflict management.
Mortimer received his Ph.D. in forestry from the University of Montana, his law degree (J.D.) from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A. in biology and English from Washington & Jefferson College.