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UF/IFAS professor named first Researcher in Residence at the University of Arkansas Center on Community Philanthropy


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Assistant Professor Muthusami Kumaran has been named the first ever Researcher in Residence and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty for the Spring 2016 semester by the Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas.

Kumaran, in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, teaches nonprofit management and community organizations. His research in the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences includes various aspects of nonprofit management, operations and impacts of NGOs around the world, community development and civic engagement, and home and community based elderly care services.

Kumaran received a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Madras, India, where he also earned his two master’s degrees and a bachelor’s of science.

“It’s a major honor and another example of a re-energized FYCS and the great work our faculty are doing,” said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

Kumaran has been awarded numerous honors including 2015 UF/IFAS International Achievement Award, 2015 UF Junior Faculty International Educator of the Year Award, the Life Time Achievement Award for Services to NGO Sectors from the Soka Ikeda College of Arts & Science for Women in Chennai, India, and the 2015 North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award.

“In a data-driven, outcomes-oriented world, this innovative Researcher in Residence position will offer our students some incredible skills and opportunities for future careers. It also represents another in a long list of meaningful community engagement initiatives championed by our Center on Community Philanthropy,” said Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School. “We’re looking forward to having Dr. Kumaran here with us.”


By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566,

Source: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971,