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Dean Emeritus Andy Horne receives 2013 University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award

Arthur M. (Andy) Horne is the dean of UGA's College of Education. Horne has been on the college faculty since 1989 and served four years as head of the college’s department of counseling and human development services. An internationally recognized authority on group counseling and therapy and early intervention for at-risk children

Athens, Ga. – Arthur M. (Andy) Horne, dean emeritus and former Distinguished Research Professor in counseling psychology in the University of Georgia College of Education, has received the 2013 University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Horne, who earned bachelor’s degrees in English education and journalism in 1965 and a master’s in counselor education at UF in 1967, received the award May 4 at UF’s spring Commencement ceremony.

For the past five years, Horne was the dean of UGA’s College of Education where he led the improvement of faculty productivity in outreach and research before retiring in December.

Horne’s research focuses on troubled families and ways to prevent and deal with male bullying and aggressive behavior in schools. Since 1999, he has been the principal investigator of a multi-state program designed to reduce violence and bullying in middle schools called the Bully Busters Project. The project has received more than $7 million in grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His popular 2006 book, “Bully Prevention: Creating a Positive School Climate,” is based on that project.

Horne also received more than $1.5 million in federal grants to train teachers how to identify children at risk for academic, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as how to direct them to a healthier development.

Horne was on the faculty and directed training in counseling psychology at Indiana State University from 1971-89 before joining the UGA faculty, where he headed the counseling psychology department and training program before becoming dean.

Among numerous leadership posts, Horne is past president of the American Psychological Association’s division of group psychology and group psychotherapy and is the current president of the Society of Counseling Psychology. He is a fellow in numerous divisions of the APA and the American Counseling Association.

Despite his retirement, Horne remains active with the Safe and Welcoming Schools program, a project developed to increase school safety in order to create an engaging culture for all students.