Dr. Sam Pardue - UGA College of Agriculture and Environment Sciences

Dean UGA College of Agriculture and Environment Sciences: Moderator, Plant Genetics Panel 

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Dr. Sam Pardue is dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Dean Pardue is a noted poultry science researcher and former administrator at North Carolina State University.

Before joining UGA in 2016, he was associate dean and director of academic programs in the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Prior to being named associate dean in 2012, he served for seven years as the head of the department of poultry science, which in 2012 was named the Prestage Department of Poultry Science in honor of a $10 million gift he helped secure.

He helped double the number of poultry science majors, expanded distance education offerings and acquired external funding to modernize teaching laboratories. In addition, he served as the co-principal investigator on a USDA grant to increase the multicultural diversity of agriculture students and was a founding member of the college’s Diversity Council.

The department of poultry science ranked in the top 10 in five research publication and citation criteria among departments of animal and poultry science under his leadership. He invested in a Biological Safety Level 2 facility to expand the department’s research capabilities and also supported the development of a poultry-processing laboratory to address the needs of the North Carolina’s largest agribusiness.

He was on the administrative board of NC State’s Graduate School, served as the university’s faculty athletics representative for five years and served as the college’s liaison for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

He has conducted his research with $2.5 million in external funding, holds three patents and has published nearly 100 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts. He has given invited presentations across the U.S. and in Australia, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Mexico.

His additional honors include being named to the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and receiving the Purina Mills Award for Teaching.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in poultry science and his master’s and doctoral degrees, both in physiology, from NC State. He completed his postdoctoral training in genetics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and began his academic career at Texas A&M University.

Peter Tokar