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UGA agricultural college announces changes at top

By Faith Peppers
University of Georgia

In an effort to streamline administration, J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, announced major changes today in the college's administrative structure.

"For the past several years there has been concern about the size and alignment of the upper administration of this college," Angle said. "I have taken steps today to begin to address the issue."

Jerry Cherry, associate dean for research, and Mel Garber, associate dean for extension, resigned today. The two positions will be combined, and a national search will begin immediately to find a suitable candidate to become associate dean for research and extension.

"The size, structure and effectiveness of the college administration were among the main issues I faced when I came here in August as dean," Angle said. "Both Drs. Cherry and Garber have provided outstanding leadership to the college. But after eight months of observing how the college functions, I have made some hard decisions today that will help us work more efficiently in the future."

While the search is conducted, Bob Shulstad, currently assistant dean for research, and Beverly Sparks, currently assistant dean for extension, will be given the title of interim associate dean and will work together to administer the Agricultural Experiment Stations and Cooperative Extension, respectively. These actions are effective April 17.

(Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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

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