Nick T. Place, an academic leader with a record of applying research-based expertise to the needs of agricultural producers and communities, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the UGA Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations.Place is currently dean for extension, director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and a professor in the department of agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida. His appointment at UGA is effective Jan. 1, 2021.“I am delighted that Dr. Place will serve as the next dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “With his far-reaching experience as a scholar, practitioner, educator and administrator, he will provide outstanding leadership to the college in the years to come.”As dean and director of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, a position he has held since 2012, Place oversees faculty located in each of Florida’s counties, 13 research and education centers, 15 academic departments and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. He previously served as associate dean and associate director of University of Maryland Extension and as a faculty member at UF, where he was graduate coordinator and led the graduate program in agricultural education and communication. He began his career as an extension agent at Penn State University, where he conducted educational programs in dairy, livestock, 4-H youth development and community development.Place’s research and scholarship focuses on teaching and learning along with domestic and international extension services and their role in youth, community and economic development. His work has been supported by $1.7 million in grants and contracts from agencies such as the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Security Education Program. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications as well as a book, several book chapters, and numerous extension publications. He was selected by the USDA to work in Poland for six months to assist the Polish Ministry of Agriculture in restructuring and reorienting its agricultural extension system.“Dr. Place has devoted his career to the land-grant ideal that universities exist to address the needs of our nation while producing knowledge and talent for global impact,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I am confident that he will provide visionary leadership to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that promotes excellence in teaching, research and service.”Place was a fellow of the two-year Food Systems Leadership Institute program sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Land Grant System. His additional honors include receiving the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Outstanding Achievement Award and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teacher Fellow Award.He earned his bachelor’s degree in dairy husbandry at Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania. He earned his M.S. in dairy and animal science and his Ph.D. in agricultural and extension education from Penn State University.“I am looking forward to becoming the dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” Place said. “There is recognizable strong potential in areas such as agricultural technology, innovation, food systems and a host of other areas across all three missions of research, teaching and extension outreach. I stand ready to proactively work with the outstanding faculty and staff at CAES and UGA who are poised to take the college to whole new heights.”A 24-member search committee co-chaired by Jennifer Frum, vice president for Public Service and Outreach, and Dale Greene, dean of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, helped identify finalists for the position. The committee was assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and the UGA Search Group.About the College of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesFounded in 1859, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plays an integral role in UGA’s land-grant mission through its instruction, research and extension programs. Today CAES has campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, seven research and education centers, five 4-H centers, and Extension offices that serve each of Georgia’s 159 counties. For more information, see caes.uga.edu.
Arsenal tell players they can avoid salary cuts by qualifying for Champions League Advertisement Mesut Ozil’s £350,000-a-week salary contributes to Arsenal’s annual £230m wage bill (Picture: Getty)The only way the north London club can return to Europe’s elite club competition is by finishing in the top four, although fifth place could yet offer them a route back into a competition they were part of for 20 consecutive years, should Manchester City’s ban be upheld by the Court of Arbitration for sport. After an upturn in fortunes, masterminded by new head coach Mikel Arteta, the Gunnes are currently just four points adrift of Manchester United in fifth place, having played a game less, and a further three points behind London rivals Chelsea. As well as struggling to meet their on-field objectives, Arsenal appear to be fighting an increasingly difficult battle to keep hold of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has little over a year left on his current contract.The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and United have all been credited with an interest in the 30-year-old and on Saturday the former Borussia Dortmund star was advised to leave Arsenal for a club with greater ambition.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGabon’s FA president Pierre, Alain Mounguengui, told ESPN: ‘I don’t want to say that Arsenal aren’t ambitious, but Arsenal don’t have ambitions as high as some other clubs as far as Europe is concerned.‘So if Pierre could secure a contract with a more ambitious club, he’d definitely find his place there. ‘On an individual level, we all consider him to be among the best players in the world, but the advice I give to him is to continue to work and to attract the attention of the biggest clubs and the most ambitious clubs.’MORE: Juventus to battle Arsenal for £35m Real Madrid midfielder Dani CeballosMORE: Arsenal scouts urged Arsene Wenger to sign Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement A return to the Champions League could spare Arsenal’s star players from having to take a wage cut (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have told their players that securing Champions League qualification would see them avoid having to take wage cuts, as the north London club begins to assess the financial havoc caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.The Gunners were last in action just over a month ago when Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal secured a narrow win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal, like all of their domestic and European rivals, have been in a state of limbo ever since and starved of the match day revenue which plays a significant role in covering their annual £230million wage bill. AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal tentatively opened talks with their players over the idea of wage cut earlier this week, but their proposal far from met with universal approval. ADVERTISEMENTArsenal haven’t qualified for the Champions League since 2016 and have spent the last three seasons in the Europa League, a competition they were knocked out of last month by Olympiacos. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Apr 2020 8:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisement