It is an honor to be the 7th Dean of the College. My job is to provide vision and a collaborative environment for administrators, faculty, staff and students to succeed. In FACS we are studying the sciences and applying the principles of business and design in the human sciences. I am a strong advocate for the integration of research, teaching and public service to fulfill the land-grant university obligations to develop strong economics, safe and diverse communities and healthy children and families. The College has 85 faculty, 300 employees, numerous volunteers and alumni supporting 1,400 undergraduates and 200 graduate students in five departments and institutes.
My vision is to build a college of cohesive faculty and staff with distinctive and well-funded FACS programs of a comprehensive land-grant research university mentoring diverse learners.
I pledge to come to work every day prepared to advance faculty and faculty led initiatives to improve teaching, scholarship, and outreach; assure visibility and advocacy for programs; and build meaningful partnerships internally at UGA and externally with alumni, agencies, supporters. I pledge to model for the college my commitment to diversity and inclusion and to build a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.
As Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Dr. Patti Hunt-Hurst is responsible for assuring the College of Family and Consumer Sciences achieves its mission of providing excellence in a teaching and learning environment dedicated to serving a diverse and well-prepared student body, promoting high levels of faculty and student achievement, and providing academic support in all programs of the college. She will oversee the Student Success and Advising Center, all aspects of experiential learning, curriculum, assessment, and the scholarship/awards program of the college.
As the Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, Dr. Deborah Murray leads the college to fulfill the land-grant university mission of providing Georgia’s residents, businesses and communities access to quality outreach educational experiences and the institutions’ knowledge base. She fosters integrated approaches to program development and evaluation by providing strong and effective leadership of FACS Extension Specialists and Public Service and Outreach faculty at UGA and other affiliated institutions. Dr. Murray is on the administrative team with administrators in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UGA Extension, Office of the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach and other colleges and units.