Message from the Dean
January 4, 2021
As I begin my tenure as dean for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, let me say how honored and humbled I am to be stepping into this prestigious position. I fully understand the gravity and challenges this vital role entails. And just as I have done with every position I have held throughout the past 30 plus years, I will fully embrace this role. My wife, Deb, and I look forward to making Georgia our home.
Since my land-grant career began as a regional dairy science educator at Penn State, my focus has been to generate a positive impact to improve people’s lives. With every new position I have held from a USDA delegate in Poland, to faculty member at the University of Florida Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, to associate dean and director for Extension at the University of Maryland, to dean and director for UF/IFAS Extension, I have strived to make a positive difference to ensure a lasting influence. Just as importantly, I feel I have grown at each step of my career; including my leadership skills, my connections with federal, state and local government officials, my relationships with stakeholders, as well as my overall passion for our land-grant mission and ideals.
I look forward to being a part of elevating CAES to even greater heights; specifically, to ensure that CAES is widely recognized as the #1 ag college. Our college provides tremendous support and resources for Georgia’s leading industry – agriculture – and it is my commitment to strengthen our recognized impact. Our CAES faculty and staff have great dedication to teaching, research and Extension. I am pleased to be joining them in enhancing our contributions to agricultural and environment sciences. Over these next few weeks and months, I look forward to seeing you on campus and working with you as we collectively elevate the college.
My appreciation also goes out to Dr. Joe West who has served as interim dean over these past six months. He has provided strong leadership over this time, and he and I have been (and are) working closely to ensure that we have a seamless transition of leadership for the college.
Nick T. Place
Nick T. Place, Dean, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences