Linda Kirk Fox, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Office of the Dean


224 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4879

Job Description

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.

Prior to coming to UGA in July 2011, Dean Fox served as the dean and director for Washington State University (WSU) Extension from February 2002 to July 2011. She was the Director of the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Idaho from 1996-2002. 

Dr. Fox currently serves on the Board of Human Sciences (BOHS), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). She was appointed in September 2014 to the Board of Agriculture Assembly and BoHS national Steering Committee for "Healthy Food Systems: Healthy People."  Dr. Fox has received the USDA Secretary of Agriculture “Honor Award” for her work in financial literacy education. In 2010, she was named a USDA “Hero” for national leadership of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Task Force. Dr. Fox received all three of her degrees from Oregon State University, College of Public Health and Human Sciences.