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UF/IFAS to conduct national search for next research dean

Note: This story updated 4/17/14 with names of three additional search committee members.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will conduct a national search to find its next research dean, Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, announced Thursday.

Former UF/IFAS Research Dean John Hayes accepted a position earlier this month as dean of the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He starts that job in June.

“It’s always a disappointment when a valued team member leaves, but these things happen when you have the high-caliber people we’ve got,” Payne said. “I’m confident that Dr. Place and our search committee will find the very best candidates out there.”

Nick Place, UF/IFAS dean for Extension, will chair the search committee, which is expected to begin meeting soon in hopes of securing candidates and an eventual dean by fall 2014.

Until then, Associate Deans Doug Archer and Mary Duryea will share duties as co-research deans.

The UF/IFAS dean for research provides support and strategic planning for 1,000 faculty across two schools, 15 academic departments, 12 research and education centers around the state and 67 counties.

The UF/IFAS research dean also serves as director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of UF’s land-grant enterprise.

Besides Place, the search committee members include: Jim Lloyd, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; Reggie Brown, executive director of the Florida Tomato Exchange; John Hoblick, president, Florida Farm Bureau; Gil McRae, director of the Florida Wildlife Commission Research Institute; Stephanie Gray, director of sponsored research, Office of the Vice President for Research; Mary Duryea, associate dean of UF/IFAS Research; Laurie Trenholm, Extension specialist, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department; Adegbola Adesogan, professor, Department of Animal Sciences;  Rosemary Loria, chair, Department of Plant Pathology; Nick Comerford, director, North Florida Research and Education Center; Al Wysocki, associate dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Lisa Conti, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Dana Lecuyer of UF/IFAS human resources, and Nia Haynes, a UF/IFAS graduate student.

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Contact: Nick Place, 352-392-1761, nplace@ufl.edu