TO:

 Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and FACS faculty and staff

FROM:

 S. Jack Hu, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

DATE:

  February 24, 2021

RE:

  College of Family and Consumer Sciences Dean search committee

A 14-member search committee chaired by Kelly M. Smith, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, has been appointed to conduct a national search for the next Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Assisted by the UGA Search Group, the search will begin in early May, with candidate recruitment occurring over the summer. The campus community will have opportunities to meet with the finalists, either in person or via Zoom, depending on health conditions, in the fall semester. Faculty, staff, students, or community members who wish to nominate candidates for consideration are invited to contact Michael Luthi, director of the UGA Search Group, at luthi@uga.edu

In addition to Dean Smith, the search committee members are:

  • Diane Bales, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and Extension Human Development Specialist
  • Gajanan Bhat, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles and Head, Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors
  • Margaret Caughy, Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family Health Disparities, Department of Human Development and Family Science
  • Jamie Cooper, William P. “Bill” Flatt Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, and Director, UGA Obesity Initiative
  • Michael Curtis, Doctoral Student, Department of Human Development and Family Science
  • John Grable, Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics
  • Kenneth Ivory, President, FACS Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Jung Sun Lee, UGA Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Foods and Nutrition
  • Cal Powell, Director of Communications, FACS
  • Lauren Rogers, FACS Student Leadership Advisory Council Member, Nutritional Sciences Major
  • Yoo-Kyoung Seock, Professor, Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors
  • Cara Winston Simmons, Director, FACS Student Success and Advising Center
  • Michael Gene Thomas, Lecturer, Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics

 Dean Linda Kirk Fox, who has led the College of Family and Consumer Sciences for the past decade, announced earlier this semester that she will retire on August 1, 2021. A call for nominations for an Interim Dean will be sent to faculty and staff in the near future.

Updates on the search will be shared with recipients of this memo and will be posted to https://provost.uga.edu/facs_dean_search/.