Sheri Worthy, who joined UGA this month after serving as leader and graduate coordinator for the Human Development and Family Studies option at Mississippi State University, has begun her tenure as head of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ housing and consumer economics department. She succeeds Anne Sweaney, who retired in December.
As a Mississippi State faculty member beginning in 1997, Worthy rose through the ranks from assistant to full professor. She also was a research scientist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, chair and undergraduate coordinator for the MSU gerontology committee, a founding member of the MSU Financial Education Partnership, a member of the MSU president’s Commission on the Status of Women and an editorial board member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal.
Worthy earned her doctorate in consumer economics from Texas Tech University in Lubbock; her master of business administration in marketing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; and her bachelor of arts degree in advertising from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She also is certified in family and consumer sciences and as a family life educator.
As a researcher, Worthy is a co-principal investigator on a nearly $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that will develop partnerships to promote healthy lifestyles for children and communities. She also is a co-PI on a $600,000 grant from the state of Mississippi Appalachian Regional Commission.