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Broder named interim dean of UGA ag college

By Larry B. Dendy
University of Georgia

Athens, Ga. -- Josef M. Broder will become interim dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Jan. 1. He will fill a vacancy that will occur when Gale A. Buchanan steps down as dean Dec. 31.

Arnett C. Mace Jr., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, announced Broder's appointment today, pending approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Broder is serving now as interim associate dean for academic affairs and assistant dean for administration in the CAES. He has been a faculty member or administrator in the CAES for 27 years.

Buchanan, who has been dean since 1995, will remain on the college faculty as a professor until he retires on April 30.

A search committee is conducting a national search to identify a permanent dean.

University Professor

Broder is a professor of agricultural and applied economics. He holds the title of University Professor, which recognizes faculty members for making a significant impact on the university.

He received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from UGA in 1971 and joined the college faculty in 1977, after earning master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.

"Dr. Broder possesses excellent administrative and managerial capabilities, significant experience, commitment to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and utmost respect from his colleagues at UGA and external constituents to serve in this capacity," Mace said. "I am very grateful for his willingness to serve as the interim dean until the search process is completed."

Broder's current administrative duties include managing the instructional budget for the college. He coordinates recruitment, orientation, registration, student records and student fee allocations and expenditures. He also coordinates scholarships, internships and student awards and oversees promotion and tenure, faculty leadership programs and awards.

Highly regarded teacher

Before moving into administration, Broder was recognized as one of the nation's best teachers in colleges of agricultural and related sciences.

He has received more than 15 teaching honors, including the Josiah Meigs Award (UGA's highest teaching prize), the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Teaching Award (the college's top honor) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Award of Excellence for teaching in food and agricultural sciences.

He was a senior teaching fellow at UGA and a charter member of UGA's Teaching Academy, for which he has served as chair since 1999.

He has also been deeply involved in academic advising for students, serving as his department's undergraduate advising coordinator, conducting advisor workshops and personally advising 575 students. He is also the college's honors program advisor and has been faculty adviser for several student organizations.

Gwinnett, Tifton courses

Broder led two initiatives to extend UGA academic programs beyond the Athens campus. He helped develop plans for UGA to provide courses at the Gwinnett University Center and helped establish UGA's Tifton campus degree program that provides courses leading to degrees in agricultural education and agriscience and environmental systems. He is now working to establish teaching programs at UGA's Griffin campus.

An internship program that Broder developed for Morgan County grew into a Young Scholars Program that annually brings more than 50 high school students to UGA for a six-week internship.

Broder also helped establish a congressional internship program that lets CAES students work in the Washington offices of Georgia congressional representatives.

His published scholarship includes more than 80 articles, many dealing with teaching. He has also developed several tools and techniques for teaching agricultural economics that other colleges have adapted.

He has been president of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, a director of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and an executive board member of the World Association for Case Method Research and Application.

(Larry Dendy is the assistant to the associate vice president for public affairs of the University of Georgia.)

(Larry Dendy is assistant to the associate vice president for public affairs of the University of Georgia.)

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