CALS’ Sam Pardue to become UGA dean

Dr. Sam Pardue, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumnus and associate dean and director of academic programs, has been named dean of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Pardue’s appointment is effective March 14. Dr. John Dole, currently head of the CALS Department of Horticultural Science, will succeed Pardue as CALS associate dean on an interim basis.

Pardue holds a bachelor’s degree in poultry science and a master’s and doctorate in physiology, all from NC State.

“I came to NC State in August of 1973 as an 18-year-old freshman from a small town in the foothills of North Carolina. Since that time I have spent all but eight years affiliated with the university as a student, faculty member and administrator,” Pardue said. “Like so many of my fellow alums, NC State profoundly influenced my life. It provided enumerable opportunities and helped shaped who I am. It is, and forever will be, a special place.”

During his time at NC State, Pardue received national teaching and student recruitment awards, was granted three patents, received more than $2.5 million in external grants and contracts, and published nearly 100 journal articles, book chapter and abstracts.

He also facilitated donations in excess of $13 million for academic programs, helped double the number of poultry science majors, expanded distance education offerings and served as the co-principal investigator on a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to increase the multicultural diversity of agriculture students.

Dean of NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Richard Linton shared, “Sam has done an exceptional job leading our academic programs office, and I am thankful for his leadership and passion for NC State. … We have already discussed potential ways for UGA and CALS to work together in the future, and I look forward to exploring increasing the partnership between these universities.”

– Janine Brumfield