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Dean and Director, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Athens, GA

The University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications and nominations for the position of the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Stations. The Dean and Director (the Dean) will join the College at a time of tremendous momentum as the College’s enrollment, research, and impact continue to increase with impressive support from the state of Georgia.

The University of Georgia, a land-grant/sea-grant university, is the largest and most comprehensive educational institution in Georgia. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered university in the country. UGA is consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plays a significant role both in honoring the University’s land-grant mission and in advancing the University’s goal to address the grand challenges of our time. The Dean will build on the College’s strong legacy of research, teaching, and extension while also developing an innovative and forward-looking vision for agricultural and environmental sciences education and research in the 21st century. The Dean will lead a group of exceptional faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders to further prominence by advancing research, increasing student success, and meeting the needs of communities across the state of Georgia and beyond.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and the director of both the Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Stations. The Dean is responsible for all instruction, research, and extension programs and has full budget authority over the financial affairs of the College, including the Experiment Stations and Cooperative Extension statewide. The Dean is also the College’s liaison with commodity and constituent groups across the state, serving as a vital link between the University and the industry. In 2018, food and fiber production and related industries represented $76 billion in output to Georgia’s $1.07 trillion economy and more than 399,200 jobs in the economy. Georgia is perennially the number one state in production of peanuts, broilers, pecans, blueberries, and spring onions, and is close to number one in several other commodities. The Dean is a highly visible and influential leader in the state of Georgia and will build on the College’s momentum and help propel the University towards its tripartite goals of excellence in teaching, research, and service.

The successful Dean will be a visionary and collaborative leader prepared to serve as a visible and vocal advocate and spokesperson for CAES. With a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research, and leadership, the Dean will engage the College’s internal and external stakeholders with the goal of cohesion and identifying a common purpose, possess the ability to advance excellence in the fields within the College, and build and grow mutually beneficial partnerships across the state of Georgia, the country, and the world.

Kate Barry is leading this search with Karen McPhedran.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. As such, the University of Georgia is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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