DNR Director presents public lecture Oct. 5 as Executive-in-Residence program celebrates 20 years

Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Sarah Parker Pauley is the 50th visiting professional for the Executive-in-Residence program sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), and will be on campus Oct. 5-6, 2016.

“[Pauley] is very interested in people learning how to communicate science to the lay audience. That’s a big deal right now, it always has been, but there’s a big push now for us to teach people how to write about science so that people can understand it better,” said Lisa Thompson, CAFNR donor relations coordinator.

In celebration of the program’s 20th anniversary, Pauley will present a free lecture to the campus, community and general public.

The lecture, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, will cover an array of topics with a particular focus on water. The program invitation notes the Comprehensive State Water Plan, parks, soil and water tax, water quality, soil erosion, and other water issues facing our state as the focus of Pauley’s “SH2OW-ME Water Quality” public lecture.

According to Thompson, visiting executives primarily deal with CAFNR and the School of Natural Resources’ students and professors. However, Pauley is also going to be meeting with journalism, public health communications, law and other students throughout her two-day visit. Within CAFNR, Pauley has plans to speak to students interested in natural resources, environmental science, agricultural economics and other disciplines.

Keith Goyne, associate director of SNR, believes her visit will be well received by the students and faculty.

“They are anxious to learn about programs, management, and employment opportunities associated with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources,” Goyne said.

“Her visit is going to be very inclusive to all of the groups on campus, not only showcasing our own alumni as someone who has actually taught in SNR … but showcasing this program [Executive-in-Residence],” Washburn said.

Pauley has strong Columbia roots as she graduated from Columbia’s Hickman High School, received both her law degree and bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and was a professor within SNR.

According to Thompson, Pauley’s educational background and vast career experiences make her an ideal candidate to “expose students to different career paths they may not be familiar with.”

Recently, Pauley was named director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, effective Nov. 1, 2016.

CAFNR Dean Tom Payne, in a letter announcing Pauley’s visit, praised the generosity of the Reich family and the one-on-one interactions this program provides for students and the visiting executive.

“During these discussions, the visiting executive is encouraged to share his or her views on business, leadership, outlook for the future and tips on how one might succeed in the real world,” Payne said. He adds that both the students and executive find the visits “to be as enlightening as they are enjoyable.”

The Robert O. Reich Family, endowment sponsors of the Executive-in-Residence program, believe that “young people need exposure to those with experience and knowledge. That exposure is where a lot of your true education takes place,” and thus provided monetary support to allow for high profile industry professionals to visit the university each year.

“Pauley is a great role model for all individuals interested and engaged in the conversation and management of Missouri’s abundant natural resources, particularly the next generation of working professionals – our students,” Goyne said.

Students, faculty and the general public are encouraged to welcome Pauley to campus by attending her free and open lecture “SH2OW-ME Water Quality”. The lecture will be Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 5-6 p.m. in Monsanto Auditorium.

Holly Enowski

About the Author Holly Enowski

I am an Eldon, Missouri, native, best known for being “too busy” and for the circumstances of my birth – I am the only girl in a set of triplets! Born and raised on a family farm, agriculture has always been a large part of my life and growing up, that was not something that I always appreciated as I do now. Since the age of 5, I’ve been chasing big city dreams that led me to pursue a degree in science and agricultural journalism, and hopefully minors in rural sociology, agricultural economics, leadership and public service. I am interested in international food insecurity, policy, nutrition and a whole slew of other topics.