FACS names Allisen Penn as associate dean for Extension and outreach

June 13th, 2019 Author: Cal Powell  |  706-542-3536  |  More about Cal
Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda

Athens, Ga. – The College of Family and Consumer Sciences has named Allisen Penn from the University of Tennessee Extension as its associate dean for Extension and outreach, effective Aug. 1.

Penn comes to UGA having spent the previous decade as regional program leader for UT Extension in Nashville, Tenn.

The FACS associate dean for Extension and outreach role is responsible for leading the college in fulfilling its land-grand university mission of providing Georgia’s residents, businesses and communities access to quality educational experiences and the institution’s knowledge base.

“Dr. Penn is a proven leader who brings extensive experience and skills to support Extension and outreach programming,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “With 10 Extension faculty and 52 FACS Extension agents delivering programming throughout the state, Extension and outreach efforts are a vital part of our overall land-grant mission. We’re excited to have Dr. Penn as a member of our team and look forward to her leadership of this critical component of the college.”

Penn will work closely with leaders from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UGA Extension, the Office of the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach and other colleges and units for the successful application of research to priority needs of the state.

She also will lead through the Georgia Clinical Translational Science Alliance to address health and wellness needs, particularly in rural and underserved populations, by strengthening and expanding research collaborations with faculty from a variety of disciplines.

“The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and UGA Extension have an outstanding reputation for conducting relevant integrated research,” Penn said. “The FACS Extension and outreach program is strategically poised for growth, and I am excited to join the team and collaborate with administration, specialists, program development coordinators, agents and partners to positively impact communities, families and individuals.”

Penn has an extensive background in Extension work.

She has provided over 150 presentations and trainings and has authored nine publications. In addition, she has developed numerous educational materials for Extension and outreach.

As regional program leader for UT Extension, Penn served on the regional administrative team and provided leadership for planning, delivering, evaluating, reporting and marketing regional family and consumer sciences and 4-H Youth Development educational programs for 108 agents in 31 counties.

Prior to her role at UT, she served as a leadership specialist and assistant professor with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service from 2002-10.

She began her career as a county Extension agent in Texarkana, Ark., in 1987, working in four counties before being named associate district director for the Ouachita District.

Penn received her doctorate in higher education from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and holds a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in home economics from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

She succeeds Deborah Murray, who retired in June after serving in the role since 2012.

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