UGA College of Ag Dean Sam Pardue announces retirement
UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) Dean Sam Pardue notified UGA on Jan. 6 that he is retiring and would be stepping down at the end of the fiscal year.
“We have enjoyed our working relationship with Dean Pardue, and we appreciate the work he did for Georgia Agriculture.,” said Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long. “We wish him well as he moves into this next chapter of his life.”
In an email to colleagues, Pardue noted family concerns and indicated that he and his wife Stacy plan to move back to North Carolina, where Pardue previously served as associate dean and director of academic programs at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Pardue came to UGA in 2016, succeeding Scott Angle. During his tenure, CAES has introduced a new hospitality and food industry management major in agricultural economics and a PhD program in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. Under his watch, CAES’ overall graduate school enrollment has grown to more than 600, enrollment in summer courses has also increased and CAES asked for and received $5 million for a Poultry Research Center.