Don Taylor has been active in the outdoors for his entire life, but didn’t fall in love with hiking until discovering the Green Mountains. He has completed section hikes of the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail, as well as the Metacomet-Monadnock and Massanutten Trails. He is currently working on a side-to-side hike on trails maintained by the GMC, having completed 77 of them. He hopes to complete this quest in 2022.
Don holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts and has held a number of leadership positions in academia. He is currently the Executive Vice Provost at Virginia Tech. His previous experience in non-profit organizations includes service as President of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He is currently Chair of the Board of IISE Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of IISE.
Don is a life member of the Green Mountain Club and currently serves on the Development Committee. As a member of the Board of Directors, he hopes to increase his participation in the life of the club to protect and maintain the Long Trail, and to provide educational and recreational opportunities for future generations.