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Richard J. "Dick" Taggart has ascended a mountain of trees to sit on one of the top financial jobs in the world. His duty: to manage the budget of a Fortune 200 company having annual sales of more than $22 billion.
Taggart's trail to becoming chief financial officer and an executive vice president of Weyerhaeuser Co. started in Evanston and at the University of Wyoming, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural economics in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He specialized in natural resource management.
Taggart's success in the business world and the computer research he conductedwhile serving in the Navy are among the reasons he was selected a 2005 Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Agriculture. "I am extremely honored by this recognition knowing that UW and the ag college were partly responsible for my success. I have a tremendous sense of identity with the state of Wyoming and the university," says Taggart, who lives in the Seattle, Washington, area.
Taggart proudly states he attends as many UW alumni events in his state as he can, and he is a member of the UW Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources board.