Member Biography

Dr. Myron F. Floyd

Dr. Myron F. Floyd is Dean of the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. Before his appointment as dean in April 2020, Dr. Floyd served as professor and Department Head of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at NC State. Prior to joining NC State in 2005, he held faculty appointments at the University of Florida, Texas A&M University, and Clemson University.

Dr. Floyd’s scholarship focuses on the human dimensions of natural resource management with specific interest in the role of race and ethnicity in the recreational use of parks and protected areas. His research is widely disseminated in a variety of social science journals, books and book chapters, and technical reports. Dr. Floyd’s research has been supported by grants from state and federal agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, US National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service, as well as private foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over a 30+-year career, his scholarship has aimed to inform policies and practices that increase access to outdoor recreation opportunities for communities of color.

His most recent professional service includes membership on the NC Institute of Medicine’s Healthy NC 2030 Task Force, the Board of Trustees of the National Recreation Foundation, American Forest Foundation Board of Trustees, Forestry Research Advisory Council of the US Department of Agriculture, and The North Face Explore Fund Council. He holds a bachelor of science in recreation and park administration and a master of science in parks, recreation and tourism management from Clemson University. He earned his Ph.D. in recreation and resources development with a specialization in natural resource sociology from Texas A&M University. [updated 5-2023]