Thomas G. “Tom” Boggus was appointed as the director and State Forester of the Texas A&M Forest Service in February 2010. Before his appointment, he had served as interim director of the agency since June 2008. He also held the position of associate director of Forest Resource Development and Sustainable Forestry and has served on the agency’s executive team since June 1996.
Mr. Boggus grew up in the West Texas town of Fort Stockton. He received his forestry training at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where he earned both bachelor and master of science degrees in forestry.
He joined the Texas A&M Forest Service in 1980 and worked in Linden and Lufkin, where he helped to deliver both urban and rural forest management programs. He came to College Station as the assistant department head for the Forest Resource Development (FRD) program in 1987. While in the FRD program, Mr. Boggus focused on serving the nonindustrial private forest landowners of Texas by providing technical assistance and information.
He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and a member of the Texas Forestry Association. He was elected and served as president of the Texas Forestry Association in 2006. Mr. Boggus received the Regent’s Fellow designation by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in 2007 for outstanding service to the citizens of Texas. In 2009 he received the Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Service to Forestry Award from the Texas Society of American Foresters.