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Bush taps former UGA dean for REE under secretary

University of Georgia

President George W. Bush this week announced his intention to nominate Gale A. Buchanan to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics. Buchanan is dean and director emeritus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Buchanan served as UGA CAES dean and director of Cooperative Extension, Agricultural Experiment Stations and Academic Affairs from March 1995 until December 2004, when he returned to the classroom to teach until his retirement in April 2005.

Before that, Buchanan was associate director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations and resident director of the CAES Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga. He spent 21 years with Auburn University in the department of agronomy and soils, with primary teaching and research responsibilities in weed science.

He served as dean and director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station from October 1980 to September 1985.

Buchanan served in the Alabama Army National Guard for more than 25 years, reaching the rank of colonel.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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