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UGA Professor Emeritus Ivery Clifton dies

by University of Georgia

Posted on Jan 09, 2020 at 0:00 AM

Ivery Dwight Clifton, a former senior administrator and professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Georgia, died Jan. 1. He was 76.

During his 27 years at UGA, Clifton served the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as a professor, department head and division chair of agricultural economics, interim dean and coordinator, and senior associate dean. He also served at the university level as associate vice president for academic affairs.

Clifton, a native Georgian, was the first African American to serve at the dean level at UGA, holding the position of interim dean and coordinator from 1994 to 1995 in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. During his time as interim dean, he emphasized the value and need for strategic planning and for diversity among the college’s faculty and clients.

He joined UGA’s department of agricultural economics in 1976 as an assistant professor after receiving his doctorate from the University of Illinois. He went on to earn a certificate in higher education management from the Harvard Business School Executive Education program in 1982.

Prior to his UGA career, Clifton earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Tuskegee University and spent six years with the USDA Economic Research Service. He was a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves after 27 years of service.

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