Dean’s Update 4/24/17

April 25th, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Through a combination of funds allocated by the legislature and the university, a 2.5% pool of funds is available to department and unit heads to provide merit-based salary increase in FY17 (July 1 through June 30 fiscal year) for faculty and staff. As applicable, the college was provided funds to address compression, market alignment and other critical compensation challenges. Salary increases are to be reasonably distributed among employees, ranging from 0% to 4% maximum.

Grant-funded employees also will be eligible to receive salary increases based on performance and merit within the available funds of the grant(s) from which he or she is paid. This will occur at a later date and align with the funding cycle of the grant.

Salary increases for employees paid on the academic payroll will go into effect on the contract date: August 8, 2017.  Salary increases for fiscal year employees paid on the monthly, salaried bi-weekly and hourly payrolls will go into effect July 1, 2017.

The college will notify employees of the outcome in writing in early June.


Per the Board of Regents policy, as Dean I completed in March a 5th year administrative review, 2011-2016. The committee was chaired by Dean John Gittleman, School of Ecology. The FACS members were Margaret Caughy, HDFS, Carol Laws, IHDD, Richard Lewis, FDN, Sergiy Minko, TMI, Missy Pruitt, FHCE staff, and Michael Rupured, FHCE.

I have chosen to post the 6 page summary and recommendations document on the web site “Meet the Deans” for your review and your guidance to me in improving the management, communications and leadership of the college.

One of the great challenges (and true joys) of leading this college is the breadth of academic disciplines it encompasses. A common thread connecting all units is the professional commitment to delivering innovative instructional programs, a focus on hands-on experience, a concern for individuals, families and society, and cutting-edge research. Higher education is a people business. I must clearly stating the accomplishments of the dean are the accomplishments of the high performing department heads, associate deans, faculty and staff, and the results of putting in place a positive and productive work environment. My vision continues to be to build a college of cohesive faculty and staff of well-funded and distinct FACS programs of the flagship, research, land-grant university.

I thank everyone who provided input during the administrative review process, whether it be faculty, students or staff, into this comprehensive review. Unquestionably, the most challenging aspect of the dean’s job has been addressing repeated budget shortfalls due to drop in enrollment and student credit hour production, and the increased costs associated with personnel and operations. Managing our fiscal realities requires accurate and timely financial information and a team approach across the entire college’s accounting and fiscal staff. Through entrepreneurial responses of the faculty and administrative action to integrate and more effectively deploy our resources in the college, we are able to continue to provide high priority programs.

Going forward, I would like to direct more of my time and energy to the following opportunities:

  • Build multidisciplinary research groups to take full advantage of the diversity of disciplinary perspectives and compete for center and program grants. Continue to advance signature research areas for investment and success in research and scholarship productivity aligned with the strategic plan of the college and units.
  • Build and enhance private fundraising efforts in the public phase of the comprehensive campaign, identifying priorities and securing transformative gifts to support faculty, students and college initiatives.
  • Develop our corporate engagement model in the college with enhanced partnerships with DAR Corporate and Foundation Relations and OVPR and College of Engineering Discovery and Innovation Partnerships.
  • Grow and/or manage enrollment in key areas including online degrees, assess and update curriculum, and maximize experiential learning.
  • Enhance my personal strengths and leadership skills as identified in the 360 Degree Leadership Circle Profile and five-year administrative review. My priorities will be:
    1. To directly address issues that get in the way of team performance.
    2. To gain a better and firmer grasp of market place dynamics impacting the college.
    3. To improve the processes for engaging the organization in strategic planning and managing our resources and enhancing the understanding of how and why decisions are made.
    4. To improve proactive stance and communications to provide clear information on intended direction of the college.
    5. To help my direct reports create their personal development plans and achieve their goals.


Last week we thanked a number of graduating seniors who served as college Ambassadors and we welcomed the newest group for the 2017-2018 academic year. Celebrating its 36th year in college, the former “Dean’s Aides” has evolved from three (3) to the incoming group of 26. Their names, photos, and majors of the Ambassadors are listed on the web site


We are pleased to announce undergraduate student and FACS Ambassador Mr. Matthew Katz has been appointed Senator representing the College of Family and Consumer Sciences for the 2017-2018 school year. Over the next year he hopes to ensure that he is accurately representing the views of students, faculty, and staff of FACS in the Senate.  Please know you can contact him at with any questions, concerns, or issues you see affecting the students, faculty, and staff of the college!


The university graduate ceremony will take place Friday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. The speaker will be Marshall Shepherd is an international expert in weather, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and director of the atmospheric sciences program at UGA.

UGA Undergraduate commencement will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Sanford Stadium. The speaker will be Ernie Johnson, a 1978 graduate of UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and host of Turner’s NBA coverage and TNT’s “Inside the NBA” studio show. The student speaker will be FACS student Avery Hudson!

Both UGA ceremonies will be broadcast live online at

FACS College Convocation will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. in The Classic Center Theatre, 300 North Thomas Street, Athens. FACS student profiles are available for you to review on the Facebook page


Please join me in welcoming to TMI Ms. Terri Puckett, Administrative Associate II. She will offer support to faculty and serving as the initial point of contact for the TMI office suite.  She will be in charge of classroom scheduling, assisting with travel, updating the web, undergraduate coordinator assistant and telephone representative. Prior to joining our college, Terri as an accounts receivable specialist for 3 years with Pediatria Healthcare as well as a Help Desk Analyst for 9 years with Pediatric Services of America. She has extensive customer service experience, as well as experience in billing and quality assurance. Join me in welcoming Ms. Puckett to FACS.

SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):

  • Wed. and Thursday, May 3 and 4, development travel to Atlanta.
  • Tues. and Wed., May 9 and 10, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation core leadership meeting in Washington, DC.
  • Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, in New York City to join the TMI department study tours for furnishing and interiors and fashion merchandising, and hosting at NYC FACS alumni and student mixer.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, May 9


Linda Kirk Fox


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.

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