Don Taylor has been active in the outdoors his entire life, but didn’t fall in love with hiking until discovering the Green Mountains of Vermont. He has completed section hikes of the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail, as well as the Metacomet-Monadnock and Massanutten Trails. He has also completed a “side-to-side” hike of all 88 side trails of the Long Trail.
Don holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems 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, a Ridgeline Society member, and currently serves on the Development and Publications Committees. He is motivated to increase his participation in the club to protect the Long Trail, and to provide educational and recreational opportunities for future generations.