The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Services on Tuesday named the new Dean of Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Andre Johnson is currently the Program Assistant Director of Pension State Extension, Pennsylvania State University Extension Branch.
According to a UFS press release, November 1 will begin.
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Johnson, who holds a doctorate in forestry from Penn State, spent his childhood on a farm in rural Louisiana, the statement said. The family raised cattle there, grew cotton, corn, and wheat, and his aunt worked for the USA Forest Service for more than three decades.
Those momentary experiences inspired him to work in an extension and to give land to help him connect university knowledge with families like his.
“I am thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to work with this amazing faculty, staff and administrators here,” Johnson said. This position is really about what we can do together to improve the lives of all Florida people.
Prior to becoming the Assistant Director of Penn State Extension, Johnson held a number of academic and leadership roles at other universities.
He was a professor of urban forestry development at Southern University in Boston, Rouge, Louisiana, where he taught for more than a decade. Johnson then served as assistant chancellor for research and technology development before returning to Southern University, where he served as assistant director of research and postgraduate research at Alchorn State University. According to the release, Penn State continues, and now, the U.S.
Johnson was selected by a national search led by the dean of the UF / IFS College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and will be in charge of the 2012-20-20 Extension Dean Nick position at the University of Georgia in January.
“Dr. Johnson’s work has taught the three components of the Land Gift Mission: Teaching, Research and Extension: Together. It brings a spirit of cooperation and love for UF / IFAS and our stakeholders throughout Florida, ”said Turner. We are delighted with his ideas for participating in the college, especially for undergraduate and graduate students, and for working together to meet the talent needs of the Florida agricultural and natural resources industries.
The Florida Cooperative Expansion Service is administered throughout the state by the UF and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. The UF / IFAS network includes more than 650 teachers, teachers and scientists with economic, environmental and community health support.