Lori Eckhardt, a professor of integrated forest pathology and entomology and director of the Forest Health Cooperative, has been elected chair-elect of the Auburn University Senate.
The University Senate consists of faculty members and representatives from non-academic units with the purpose of advising the university’s president on matters concerning academic policies as well as issues that affect the university community at large.
Eckhardt joined Auburn University in 2005 as an assistant research professor and moved to a tenure-track position after seven years. She has an outstanding record of service to the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment and to the university with terms on numerous committees, often as chair.
“I’m honored to be chosen as chair-elect,” Eckhardt said. “I value service and believe it is important to give back to the community that continues to inspire me and my career.”
Eckhardt’s priorities will be collaboration and openness between Senate, faculty and administration; diversity, inclusion and gender equity; and the support of non-tenure-track faculty. She will serve one term as chair-elect and assume new duties as the chair of the University Senate in 2024.