Nancy M. Cox began October 1 as Associate Dean
for Research and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment
Station, a role M. Scott Smith held before being named Dean and
Director of the College of Agriculture earlier this year.
Cox comes to UK from Mississippi State University, where she served as Associate Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
Smith said Cox brought with her a history of success and a proven track record of uniting different disciplines for a common purpose.
Dr. Cox brings an uncommon and very valuable combination of abilities and experience to this position. She is an excellent scientist in her own right, having successfully built and sustained a nationally competitive animal science research program in Mississippi, Smith said.
She has a broad range of knowledge encompassing the full range of agricultural sciences and issues. Nancy has shown she can work effectively with commodity groups and farmers. I believe she has energetically taken on the challenges of research administration, he said.
Cox said she would like to see a continued emphasis on the most up-to-date science, especially with the new challenges of biotechnology and bioethics.
With my strong animal science background and the things Ive learned at Mississippi State about crop production and social sciences, I hope to be able to contribute to all the agricultural research programs here at UK, Cox said.
The College of Ag has a solid future, but we need to learn new ways to be successful, both in traditional agricultural enterprises and in new life science ventures. We need to define our research targets and be able to see how to get there, she said.
I look forward to being part of the strong tradition ofexcellent agricultural research at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and am confident that we are prepared to build on that tradition to meet the challenges of the 21st century, Cox concluded.
B.A. English, Furman University, 1975
M.S. Physiology, University of Georgia, 1977
Ph.D. Animal Physiology, North Carolina State University, 1982
1982-1986 Assistant Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences and Animal Physiology, Mississippi State University
1986-1990 Associate Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences and Animal Physiology, MSU
1990 to 2001 Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences and Animal
Adjunct Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU
2001 Appointed Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, UK
Received research funds as principal or co-principal investigator of approximately $3.4 million.
Author or co-author of more than 60 invited papers, journal articles, and publications.
Has served on more than 25 committees and editorial boards.
Has directed more than 20 graduate theses and dissertations.
Carla Gale Craycraft was named Assistant Dean
of Agricultural Communications and Information Technology in the
College of Agriculture as of July 1. She retains the title and
responsibilities of Director of Agricultural Communications Services,
a position shes held for six years.
M. Scott Smith, Dean and Director of the College of Agriculture, is confident in Craycrafts ability to effect positive change in the College.
Dr. Craycraft has done an outstanding job of leading Agricultural Communications Services. She is an unusually capable administrator, he said. We share many ideas about the changes and innovations necessary for the future of our College. I expect great things from our communications services with her at the helm.
One of Craycrafts goals will be to unify the communications efforts across the College. So many of our units and departments are already doing a great job, but there will be a more powerful, positive impact when we can all speak with one voice, presenting a similar image, working in the same direction to increase our visibility, she said.
B.S. Animal Science, University of Connecticut, 1977
M.S. Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, 1978
Ph.D. Breeding and Genetics, Oklahoma State University, 1981
1981-1991 Extension Beef Specialist, Animal Sciences, UK
1991-1995 Coordinator of Distance Learning, Agricultural Communications Services, UK
1995-present Director, Agricultural Communica tions Services, UK
2001 Appointed Assistant Dean for Agricultural Communications and Information Technology
2000 National ADEC Award for Excellence in Distance Education
2000 Epsilon Sigma Phi Kentucky Mid-Career Award
1995 National Telly Award for Gee Whiz in Agriculture
1995 National Gold Award, Agricultural Communicators in Education for Distance Education
1994 M.D. Whiteker Award for Excellence in Extension, UK College of Agriculture