Human Environmental Sciences and the College
A merger of the College of Human Environmental Sciences and the College of Agriculture was recently enacted by the University of Kentucky Board of Trusteestruly a momentous decision for all those affiliated with these two great colleges. The reorganization was the culmination of many months of analysis, planning, and spirited debate on the future of human environmental sciences at UK.
The action creates a new School of Human Environmental Sciences within the College of Agriculture that will include all three existing departments: Nutrition and Food Science, Family Studies, and Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles.
This structure was a response to strong internal and external support for sustaining a unified, comprehensive focus in all areas of family and consumer science.
During discussions of the merger, the University's Board of Trustees and others asked many questions about the College of Agriculture's plans to accommodate the broader mission resulting from this reorganization. As a result, the College is now firmly committed to review of its strategic plan and consideration of a possible name change later this year.
There are many excellent reasons for the new School of Human Environmental Sciences to join the College of Agriculture. Of course, the heritage of HES and the College dates back to the early 1900s. Beginning in 1941, for about 25 years, we were known as the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.
The two colleges share innumerable connections through our alumni, practicing professionals, and constituents. Probably most important to the future success of the merger is that we remain united in dedication to the land grant philosophy of integrated excellence in research, instruction, and extension.
We extend a sincere welcome to those of you associated with the School of Human Environmental Sciences and look forward to working with you for families and consumers in Kentucky and beyond.
M. Scott Smith
Dean, College of Agriculture