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 College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment proudly introduces
the 2022 FEWL Academy:


Payton Brewer
Wildlife Ecology & Management

Birmingham, AL.

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Angel Cagle

Haleyville, AL.

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Avy Elmore
Natural Resources Management

Decatur, AL.

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Ariana Hansen
Wildlife Ecology & Management 

Moore, OK.

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Nathan Kurtz
Geospatial Environmental & Informatics

Tampa, FL.

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Josh Mullins

Clanton, AL.

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Caroline Silva
Wildlife Ecology & Management

Daphne, AL.

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Jessica Staggs
Wildlife Ecology & Management

Cordova, AL.

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Megan Starling
Wildlife Sciences: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Troy, AL.

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Sydney Spurlock
Wildlife Sciences: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Mobile, AL. 

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Casey Whitt
Sustainable Biomaterials & Packaging 

Montgomery, AL.

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Greg Johnson
Forestry PhD 

Martinsville, IN.

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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 CFWS Development Office at (334) 844-2791 or email