Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.
Welcome Dr. Suzanne Dorsey
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland along with the Board of Directors of the Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Suzanne Dorsey as Executive Director of the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology. Dr. Dorsey succeeds Dr. Russell Brinsfield in this position.
Dr. Suzanne Dorsey has been involved in research, teaching, and building collaborative partnerships for more than twenty years. She joins the Hughes Center from Bald Head Island Conservancy and Smith Island Land Trust in North Carolina where she serves as the Executive Director. In that role she was the chief administrative officer, leading and overseeing the Conservancy's fundraising efforts and budget, and education and conservation programs, including an internationally recognized Sea Turtle Protection Program. She also handled the oversight and stewardship of more than 200 acres of property under protection from various conservation practices. During her tenure, the Conservancy was successful in completing a $4.5 million capital campaign.
The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) corporation affiliated with the University of Maryland College Park and the University System of Maryland. Founded in 1999, the Center brings together diverse interests from the agricultural, forestry, and environmental communities for the purpose of retaining Maryland's working landscapes and the industries they support while protecting and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Mission Statement of the Center:
Promote Economically Viable and Environmentally Sound Agriculture and Forestry as Maryland's Preferred Land Use