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 2023 FEWL Academy:


Benjamin Bradley
Sustainable Biomaterials & Packaging

Dothan, AL.

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Ally Cobern
Wildlife Ecology & Managment

Prattville, AL.

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Noah Coleman

Pinson, AL.

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Bayleigh Lamberson
Wildlife Ecology & Management 

Elizabeth City, NC.

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Jaquie Parker
Natural Resources Management

Birmingham, AL.

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Samantha Schweisthal
Natural Resources Management

Las Vegas, NV.

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Rory Smith
Geospatial & Environmental Informatics

Madison, AL.

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Lauren Stevens
Wildlife Ecology & Management

Birmingham, AL.

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Alex Warr

Early County, G

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Josie Wolan
Wildlife Sciences: Pre-Vet

Chicago, IL.
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Lauren Wright
Wildlife Ecology & Managment

Woodville, AL. 

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Dr. Janaki Alavalapati
Emmett F. Thompson Dean &
Professor of
Forestry Economics,

Dr. Adam Maggard
Harry E. Murphy Associate 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