For three decades, Doug Bailey, University of Georgia horticulture professor and department head, helped to shape the careers of future horticulturists. Now, he is using that experience to help guide the academic and professional careers of students across UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
On Jan. 1, Bailey became the college’s assistant dean for academic affairs. As part of his new role, Bailey will lead academic program development, student recruitment and retention. He’ll also develop learning assessment programs for the college.
“The college is pleased to have a faculty member with Dr. Bailey’s experience and commitment to students join our academic affairs team,” said Josef Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs.
Bailey has served as head of the CAES horticulture department since 1999, when he came to Athens from North Carolina State University’s horticulture department.
Prior to receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees in horticulture at Purdue University, Bailey received his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from UGA in 1980.
Before turning his attention towards administration, Bailey conducted research focused on greenhouse production of ornamental plants and floriculture.
“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Bailey said. “Our college has excellent academic programs and the faculty and staff involved with teaching are outstanding.”
Bailey will continue to serve as head of the horticulture department until a new permanent department head is named.