Forest, Environment and Wildlife Leadership (FEWL) Academy

Established in 2019, the FEWL Academy prepares select students with leadership abilities necessary for the critical
problem-solving of issues related to the management, utilization, and stewardship of natural resources.
As a personal development program, the FEWL Academy is co-instructed by
Dean Janaki Alavalapati and Dr. Adam Maggard, assistant professor and Extension specialist.

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences proudly introduces
the 2020 FEWL Academy:


Baumhauer Andrew

Andrew Baumhauer
Geospatial & Environmental Informatics

Fairhope, AL.

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Cain Sarah

Sarah Cain
Wildlife Ecology & Management 

Birmingham, AL.

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John Ellis

John Ellis
Natural Resource Management

Birmingham, AL.

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Gilbert Ryan

Ryan Gilbert
Sustainable Biomaterials & Packaging

Hoover, AL. 

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Hancock Lizzie

Lizzie Hancock
Wildlife Ecology & Management

Abbeville, AL.

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Harris Marie

Marie Harris
Environmental Science 

Birmingham, AL.

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McCauley Jace

Jace McCauley

Jasper, AL.

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Norrid Kate

Kate Norrid
Wildlife Ecology & Management 

Bokchito, OK.

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Norton Max

Max Norton
Geospatial & Environmental Informatics

Hackleburg, AL.

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Shell James

James Shell
Sustainable Biomaterials & Packaging

Montgomery, AL. 

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Sitze Bobby

Robert Sitze

Enterprise, AL.

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Stack Victoria

Victoria Stack
Geospatial & Environmental Informatics

Birmingham, AL.

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Amanda Wenzel

Amanda Wenzel
Natural Resources Management

Waco, TX.

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Wilkes Olivia

Olivia Wilkes
Wildlife Ecology & Management 

Huntsville, AL.

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Williamson Heath

Heath Williamson

Trussville, AL.

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Dean Janaki Alavalapati

Dr. Janaki Alavalapati
Dean &
Professor of
Forestry Economics,

Dr. Adam Maggard

Dr. Adam Maggard
Assistant Professor &
Extension Specialist of
Forest Systems Management,


How Does This Program Benefit Our Students?

In addition to classroom lectures, to aid in their experiential learning during the two-semester course, students will interface with a range of leadership and private industry executives, as well as policy makers in Montgomery and Washington, D.C.

Who Is Eligible?

Qualified students in good academic standing with an interest in developing leadership skills are invited to apply. Each year, 12 to 15 outstanding applicants will be selected to participate in the Leadership Academy.

How Is This Program Supported?

The 2019 program is sponsored by a private donation from Ed Sweeten ’79. However, the school’s long-term goal is to establish an endowment to fund this program. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the SFWS Development Office at (334) 844-2791 or email