Jordan Steps Down

first_imgC. Wayne Jordan, head of the University of Georgia Extension Service for the past eightyears, announced April 17 in Athens that he will leave the position May 1.Jordan will accept a new appointment within the College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.CAES Dean Gale Buchanan approved “with regret” Jordan’s request to end histerm as Associate Dean for Extension and Senior Associate Director of the UGA ExtensionService.On April 18, Buchanan announced Robert A. Isaac’s appointment as Interim Associate Deanfor Extension and Senior Associate Director, effective May 1.Jordan, whose academic and research background includes soil testing, pesticide residueanalysis and forage evaluation, will oversee the central operations of the AgriculturalServices Laboratory. He will direct construction, which will begin soon, to expand thelab.”As coordinator of the Agricultural Services Laboratories and professor on thestaff, Dr. Jordan will continue to make important contributions to the college and to theagricultural industry of Georgia,” Buchanan said.”During his tenure as head of the Cooperative Extension Service, he has facedextraordinary challenges,” he said. “(Jordan) skillfully led his agency througha drastic 33-percent cut in state resources while maintaining a high level of servicethroughout the state.”University President Charles B. Knapp expressed appreciation for Jordan’s”considerable contributions to the University of Georgia.”Knapp added, “Wayne Jordan has demonstrated outstanding administrative skills, andcare and concern for Extension Service employees while managing a severe cut inappropriations imposed by the General Assembly in 1991.”Knapp said he understands Jordan’s desire to seek this reassignment. But he expectsthat he “will continue to provide service to the college as it develops its plans forGeorgia’s agricultural industry in the 21st century.”Isaac has been Associate Director of Extension since 1993. He directed agriculture andnatural resources programs.He headed the Agricultural Services Lab from 1987 to 1992. He was an Extensionanalytical chemist in the Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Lab from 1968 to 1987.”Bob Isaac brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in agriculture to thisposition,” Buchanan said. “In this capacity, he will help focus our Extensionefforts to more effectively serve Georgia agriculture.”Isaac earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958 from the College of Charleston. His master’s(1962) and Ph.D. (1966) degrees in analytical chemistry are from Clemson University.”We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Isaac’s leadership skills andexperience to step into this important role,” said UGA President Charles B. Knapp.”During this interim period, I am confident that Extension Service programs will moveforward under his direction.”last_img

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