By Larry DendyUniversity of GeorgiaGale A. Buchanan, dean and director of the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 1995,will step down at the end of this year and will retire from theuniversity in 2005.His departure will close out a 40-year education, research andadministration career at two land-grant universities. He willstep down as dean and director on Dec. 31 but will remain on thefaculty through spring semester. His retirement is effectiveApril 30, 2005.”Gale Buchanan has served the College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences with vigor, determination and a clearsense of both this state’s proud agricultural heritage and thefuture of agricultural education,” said UGA President Michael F.Adams. “The University of Georgia and the entire state havebenefitted from his leadership. He will be greatly missed.” Came to UGA in 1986Buchanan, an agronomist in weed science, joined UGA in 1986 asassociate director of the Georgia Agricultural ExperimentStations and resident director of the UGA Coastal PlainExperiment Station in Tifton. He was interim director of theexperiment stations for a year before becoming dean.On the Auburn University faculty for 20 years, he was dean anddirector of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station from 1980until 1985.Arnett Mace, UGA senior vice president for academic affairs andprovost, said a national search for Buchanan’s successor willbegin soon in order to have a new dean in place by Jan. 1.”Dean Buchanan has provided excellent leadership with greatsensitivity given the diversity of constituents of the college,”Mace said. “He is committed to excellence and works extremelyhard to further the missions of the college. We shall miss hisleadership.”Founded in 1859, the College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences is the second-oldest of UGA’s 14 schools and colleges.The college offers more than 20 areas of study through 11departments and has three agricultural experiment stations, fourextension educational centers and the Rural Development Center inTifton.The Cooperative Extension Service, which has agents in 157 ofGeorgia’s 159 counties and operates the 4-H program, is also partof the college.Led the college through many changesUnder Buchanan’s leadership the college created the Center forUrban Agriculture, Center for Food Safety and Center forAgriculture Business and Economic Development, the Office ofEnvironmental Sciences and the National Environmentally SoundProduction Agriculture Laboratory.Along with the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and theOffice of the Vice President for Research, the college alsoestablished the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies.Three of UGA’s 13 eminent scholars funded through the GeorgiaResearch Alliance are on the CAES faculty. Their expertiseincludes cloning and genetic engineering, embryonic stem cellresearch and energy balance regulation and growth in plants.A teaching program was started at the college’s Tifton campus.Another is slated for the Griffin campus. Buchanan helped createscience programs for high school students and teachers anddomestic and international internship programs for CAES students,including a congressional internship program that has helpedthree students get permanent jobs in congressional offices.A research farm for Vidalia onions and other vegetables wasstarted, too, as was a facility for irrigation research. Plansare under way for an animal and dairy sciences teaching facility.A modern equine exhibition and research arena was built, andseveral college facilities were expanded or renovated.Buchanan implemented a unified governance structure for thecollege, oversaw development of its first strategic plan andincreased its budget.”I’m exceedingly proud of the many accomplishments that have beenmade,” Buchanan said. “It’s been an honor to provide leadershipfor the college, even during some tough economic times. We have afaculty, staff and administration of exceptional quality in thecollege, and I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from theuniversity administration and from all the client groups weserve.”
Burlington VT, July 28, 2008: Lund Family Center is pleased to report three recent additions to the organization’s Board of Trustees and the election of a new slate of officers.Lund’s new Officers are: Board Chair- Eileen Simollardes, Vice President- Barbara Lande Bronfman, Treasurer- Sherry Prehoda, Secretary- Lynn Brennan, and Member at Large- Paulette Thabault. Lund thanks Jeff Small, Eileen Simollardes, Mary Anne Murray, William A. Chip Mason, and Lynn Brennan as immediate past President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member At Large respectively. And, Lund thanks retiring trustees Brian Smith and Linda Magoon for their stellar service.Lund Family Center’s welcomed the following trustees to its Board:Thomas J. Donovan, Jr. is Chittenden County State’s Attorney. Prior to being elected, Mr. Donovan was an associate with the Burlington law firm of Jarvis & Kaplan. Mr. Donovan also served as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Chittenden County and an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA. Mary Pat Scarpa is Senior Vice President and Manager of KeyBank’s Private Banking Group for the state of Vermont. Ms. Scarpa has 29 years of Vermont based banking experience. Thomas Rugg is an Account Executive at Hickok & Boardman Group Benefits with lead responsibility for large and medium size clients in the firm, consulting with them on benefit strategy, design, and implementation.Lund Family Center, with more than 115 years of experience strengthening families, serves over 4,000 individuals annually. Its mission is to help children thrive by serving families with children; pregnant or parenting teens and young adults; and adoptive families.