From the Dean

A new academic year is underway here at the University of Georgia. Once again, we have a freshman class that set records in terms of academic preparedness. The college’s enrollment for graduate students continues to increase, and this summer we saw a 22 percent increase in summer enrollment. More than 78 percent of those students are from the state of Georgia.

This fall, we were approved to begin recruiting students into 16 degree pathways in the Double Dawgs Program, a new UGA initiative that allows students to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years or less. We are excited about the future for these students.

In August, we co-hosted listening sessions in Tifton and Gainesville, Georgia, with the UGA College of Engineering to discuss needs within the field of agriculture for engineering-based solutions. We received excellent feedback from producers, growers and business leaders that will lay the foundation for a new level of cooperation between agriculture and engineering.

Over the summer, we also began conversations with potential corporate and governmental partners to integrate big data, the agriculture cloud and informatics as tools to help solve the challenges facing agriculture and food production. These new, high-tech tools will help us efficiently use current technologies, such as drones, to speed up the data-collection and problem-solving processes.

The future of agriculture is complex and challenging, but with the combination of exceptionally bright students entering the field and the emergence of new tools and technologies that they will have at their fingertips, I am confident they will solve the world’s grand challenges and help agriculture grow faster and stronger.

Sam Pardue
Dean and Director
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


The future of agriculture is complex and challenging, but with the combination of exceptionally bright students entering the field and the emergence of new tools and technologies that they will have at their fingertips, I am confident that they will solve the world’s grand challenges and help agriculture grow faster and stronger.

Sam Pardue, Dean and Director