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Allen family honored during conference room dedication

Forestry 4 room receives an upgrade benefitting students, faculty thanks to donors’ generosity


One of the most popular rooms in the Forestry 4 building got a little more attention recently, when it hosted the donors for whom it’s now named: Wayne and Cindy Allen.

Room 4-301, now known as the W. R. Allen Conference Room, was officially dedicated in honor of its donors and, thanks to their generosity, features technology upgrades and additional features that make the room suitable for a variety of uses, including seminars, remote interviews for students and graduate student presentations.

“The Allens’ generous gift enabled the school to make critical technology upgrades to enhance the Warnell student experience, as well as our faculty who use this room on a daily basis,” said Dale Greene, dean of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. “This room is heavily used for faculty meetings, student presentations and senior projects. We are pleased and honored to dedicate the W. R. Allen Conference Room.”

In addition to new whiteboards and a touchscreen monitor with computer hook-up, the room features a Princeton Audubon print of a pileated woodpecker. Drawn its actual size, it is the largest of all North American woodpeckers. The original image from which the print was made was likely crated in 1829 and is considered to be one of Audubon’s finest works.

A 1979 graduate of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Wayne Allen worked in the private forest industry after graduation. He directed forest management operations on about 250,000 acres owned by the St. Regis Paper Company before returning to UGA for his law degree.

He retired in 2017 after a career that blended his interest in law and his passion for forestry, including a decade spent as counsel to the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Game and Fish committees for the Georgia General Assembly and, most recently, as chief legal officer for the state legislature.

During a gathering of family and friends to dedicate the conference room, Allen recalled some of his favorite classes and professors during his time at Warnell. He said the lessons learned at the school didn’t always have to do with his chosen profession—a lot of life lessons were also learned in classrooms and in the field.

“I’m very pleased to be standing here in a place that meant so much to me,” he said. “As students here, we had the opportunity to learn from faculty who were not only great researchers, but also great teachers. You realize later in life the lessons and where you learned them from—and many of them were from here.”

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