SGSF Executive Committee

The Southern Group of State Foresters operates with an Executive Committee. The committee consists of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and an Immediate Past Chair. Collectively, they act and decide matters on behalf of the non-profit organization.

The Committee meets with the SGSF staff quarterly and with the entire membership during the annual and winter meetings.


Chuck Williams, Treasure
State Forester
Georgia Forestry Commission

Rick Oates
Rick Oates

Rick Oates, Chair
State Forester
Alabama Division of Forestry


Scott Bissette, Immediate Past Chair
Assistant Commissioner
North Carolina Forest Service
James Wright
James Wright

James Wright, Vice Chair
State Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Wib Owen Wib Owen, SGSF - Executive Director
5013 Darcy Woods Lane
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina 27526
Mobile: 919.218.7321


The Chair of the Southern Group oversees and presides over all meetings. He or she coordinates activities and assignments and appoints committees and task forces, as necessary. The Chair serves as the Southern Area Representative to the National Association of State Foresters (NASF).

The Vice Chair assumes leadership in the absence of the Chair.

The Treasurer serves as the financial officer and provides oversight to the NASF Business Officer in the management of the business and financial transactions for SGSF. The Treasurer presents financial summaries at all business meetings.

The Immediate Past Chair brings a historical perspective and provides continuity to the Executive Committee.

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