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 2021 FEWL Academy:


Alex Booker

Alexander City, AL.

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Emma Breda
Natural Resources Management 

Hooksett, NH.

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Ashlyn Cowgill
Wildlife Sciences Pre-Vet

Miami, FL.

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Joseph Davis
Geospatial & Environmental Informatics

Athens, AL. 

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Allie Foster
Wildlife Ecology & Management

Tampa, FL.

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Bethany Foust
Geospatial & Environmental Informatics 

Nashville, TN.

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Madison McCown
Wildlife Ecology & Management

Cordelia, CA.

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Quinn Morrison
Sustainable Biomaterials & Packaging

Gulfbreeze, FL.

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Brock Story

Cullman, AL.

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James Treadwell
Wildlife Ecology & Management

Smith Station, AL. 

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Carlie Wilson
Sustainable Biomaterials & Packaging 

Kennesaw, GA.

Read Carlie’s Biography

Dr. Janaki Alavalapati
Dean &
Professor of
Forestry Economics,

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