Vam York and her late husband, E. T. York, have been long–time supporters of the SFRC. Dr. York formed the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) that incorporated the School into its organizational structure, and he provided creative leadership for the School’s development. He served as the Interim Chair of the School’s initial Advisory Board until a permanent chair was named. He continued his stewardship as a valued member of the Advisory Board even after his retirement as Chancellor Emeritus. Vam became an established businesswoman and active community leader in Gainesville and Alachua County and has always supported higher education and UF/IFAS. Vam and E.T. continue to be widely recognized for their philanthropy within the University, community, region and international bodies. We in the School are fortunate that they have been our friends and supporters and are honored that they named the Vam and E.T. York Gallery in the Learning Center.
In her own words:
Our natural resources, including forestry, are a blessing to our state. We need to encourage all our students and citizens to appreciate the value of forestry to our environment. This learning center can play a most important part in this endeavor.