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Finalists for UGA-Griffin director to visit campus

Athens, Ga. – Four finalists for the position of assistant provost and campus director at the University of Georgia’s Griffin campus will visit UGA-Griffin in the coming weeks to meet with members of the university community.

A committee chaired by Russell Mumper, vice provost for academic affairs, conducted a national search to identify the finalists. The committee was assisted by the UGA Search Group in Human Resources.

The finalists will give a presentation on their vision for the campus from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Room 104 of the UGA-Griffin Student Learning Center. The finalists and the dates of their presentations are:

Govind Kannan, professor of animal science and dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology at Fort Valley State University, May 14.
Rodney Ellis, chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical Community College, May 18.
S. Kristine Braman, professor of entomology, director of UGA’s Center for Urban Agriculture and interim assistant dean at UGA-Griffin, May 21.
Mickey Latour, professor and dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, June 2.

The CVs of the finalists, along with their full campus visit itineraries and candidate feedback forms, are available at

The assistant provost and campus director of UGA-Griffin will oversee all research, extension and instructional programs at UGA-Griffin. This new position will be the senior administrator at UGA-Griffin. The assistant provost and campus director will report dually to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to support instructional missions and to the dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to support the research and extension missions of the college. The assistant provost and campus director also will coordinate UGA-Griffin’s interaction and partnerships with community and business leaders.

Located 40 miles south of Atlanta, the UGA-Griffin campus was established in 1888 as the Georgia Experiment Station. It houses extension services for the people of Georgia as well as internationally recognized research programs. In 2005, it launched academic programs to offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduate degree-completion programs as well as graduate degrees at UGA-Griffin are offered through UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Education, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and Terry College of Business.

UGA-Griffin is internationally known for its research in agriculture, food processing and food safety, among several other fields. Notable research centers at UGA-Griffin include the Center for Food Safety, the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center, the Center for Urban Agriculture, and a Turfgrass Research and Education Facility. For more information on UGA-Griffin, see