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Two new associate deans named at family and consumer sciences college

Deborah Murray

Two new associate deans, one of academic programs and one of Extension and outreach, have been announced in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Deborah Murray will begin her tenure as associate dean for Extension and outreach May 7. Murray currently serves at the University of Kentucky as associate director of the Health Education through Extension Leadership program. Prior to her current position, Murray spent 15 years with Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension service in varying positions, including supervising and directing family and consumer sciences and 4-H county agents. She holds a bachelor of science degree in vocational home economics from Morehead State University, a master of arts in home economics education from Eastern Kentucky University and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from the University of Kentucky.

Silvia Giraudo, currently an associate professor of foods and nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has accepted the position of associate dean of academic programs effective June 15.

A native of Argentina, Giraudo earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba-Argentina prior to moving to Georgia where she earned a master’s degree in animal science and a doctorate in animal nutrition from UGA.

Her research has centered on brain regulation of food intake and energy metabolism as well as the use of educational materials to teach healthy eating habits to young children and preventing early obesity through education.