Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 ext. 281
GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Larry Arrington has been named dean for extension and director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
Arrington’s selection capped a nearly yearlong national search and was announced today (August 20) by Richard Jones, UF interim senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.
UF/IFAS is a federal-state-county partnership throughout Florida, dedicated to improving lives by developing and providing knowledge in agriculture, natural resources and life sciences.
“Larry Arrington’s record as state extension specialist, district director, and associate dean will enable him to provide visionary leadership as the Florida Extension Service responds to the needs of all Floridians with relevant educational programs,” Jones said.
“Larry Arrington is an exceptional leader who has a great breadth of experience,” Jones said. “He has the confidence and support of our stakeholders and our faculty and staff, and I expect him to take to the next level the educational programs that are important to all of our UF/IFAS stakeholders throughout the state.”
With a faculty background in agricultural education and communications, Arrington joined the UF/IFAS faculty in 1981. He served as a district extension director for northwest Florida, supervising the extension program in Florida Panhandle counties for six years. He was appointed Associate Dean for Extension in 1997 and Interim Dean in 2003.