CLEMSON — Philip Arnold was recognized as 2015 Outstanding Forestry Alumnus of the Year by Jaime Jones, president of the Clemson University Forestry Alumni, at them homecoming event before the Boston College football game.

Philip Arnold receives the 2015 Outstanding Forestry Alumnus Award from Jaime Jones.

Philip Arnold (right) receives the 2015 Outstanding Forestry Alumnus Award from Jaime Jones.

Arnold graduated from Clemson in forestry in 1981. Upon graduating, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho on a fire fighting crew for a year.  After that, Arnold bought wood for Gunn Wood in Millen, Georgia, for eight years before joining Federal Paperboard/International Paper in Union. He has been there 27 years and is currently the fiber procurement supervisor at the International Paper Santo Chip Mill.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the 2105 Outstanding Forestry Alumnus award,” said Arnold. “Clemson University has produced many great forestry alumni and I am extremely fortunate to have been recognized in this way.”

Arnold is an advocate for forestry and logging in South Carolina and is a mentor to many in the Union community, encouraging them to go into forestry, including Jesse Burdett, current president of the Clemson Forestry Club.

“The South Carolina forest industry, in my opinion, is the best in the nation,” said Arnold. “Our forests are managed by some of the brightest and best professionals, many who have graduated from Clemson University. Our industry has been able to keep up with latest technology and innovations and use them in timber products manufacturing as well as harvesting. We have stayed connected with the ‘big guy’ as well as the ‘small guy,’ which is why I feel the future of our industry is extremely bright.”

Arnold is actively involved in the Union community, where he has coached and umpired baseball for years and where he serves as a Boy Scout leader. He is a part time farmer and has a small herd of cows on his property. He also isan airplane pilot and plays the banjo in a bluegrass band, Split Rail.

Arnold and his wife, Kathy, have two boys. Jacob is graduating from Liberty University in December in business and project management, and Cal is a senior at Clemson majoring in agricultural mechanization and business, with active involvement in the Forestry Club.