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Clemson professor named environment and design dean

Daniel Nadenicek believes that new perspectives on issues such as health care and biofuels will demand cutting-edge thinking about landscape design and planning.

Daniel J. Nadenicek, chair of the department of planning and landscape architecture at Clemson University, will be the new dean of UGA’s College of Environment and Design, effective Aug. 15.

Nadenicek will succeed John F. Crowley, who stepped down as dean in 2006. Scott Weinberg has served as interim dean since September 2006.

A widely published scholar in the areas of historic preservation, landscape architecture and urban design, Nadenicek is also director of Healthy Communities and Historic Preservation in Clemson’s Restoration Institute. He joined Clemson in 2002 after working 11 years at Pennsylvania State University, where he was on the landscape architecture faculty and director of the Center for Studies in Landscape History.

He will assume leadership of a college with one of the nation’s oldest and highest-ranked landscape architecture programs and the first environmental ethics certificate program in the country.

“Dan Nadenicek possesses excellent experience as an administrator, teacher, scholar and practitioner,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “He has the skills and knowledge to lead an already-outstanding college to even higher levels of achievement and success, and I’m delighted that he is joining UGA.”

In addition to his administrative duties at Clemson, Nadenicek has taught graduate and undergraduate courses and directed the doctoral program in environmental design and planning, and the master’s degree program in historic preservation. At Penn State he coordinated both the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in landscape architecture. He has been a consultant on historic forests for the National Park Service.

“Dan is very skillful in applying the lessons of historic preservation and landscape architecture to real-life issues in land management, urbanization and environmental protection,” said Provost Arnett C. Mace Jr. “That ability, along with his strong record in academic leadership, administration and fundraising, make him an ideal person to guide and strengthen the College of Environment and Design.”

  Nadenicek earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at Mankato State University in Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota.