TWO NAMED TO TOP ADMINISTRATIVE POSTS
MULLEN NAMED ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Mike Mullen, an associate professor in Agronomy, has been named the College's Associate Dean for Academic Programs.
In this new position Mullen is administrator for a broad scope of student and teaching-related activities, including undergraduate and graduate curriculum, advising, recruitment and retention, scholarships, student organizations, and program and accreditation reviews.
Mullen heads what was known as the Office of Instruction but is now called the Office of Academic Programs, a name change that reflects the office's range of activities and brings the name of the office (and the title of its associate dean) more in line with other land-grant colleges of agriculture.
The late Joe T. Davis was Mullen's predecessor.
An Indiana native, Mullen earned his undergraduate and master's degrees
at Purdue and his doctorate at North Carolina
State. He began his academic teaching career at the University of
Tennessee, Martin, and moved from there to the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, where he taught from 1993 to 2002. For one year, while
at UT-Knoxville, Mullen served as acting assistant dean for the College
of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He also served for
two years as academic program coordinator for the Department of Plant
and Soil Sciences.
He is nationally certified as a professional soil scientist and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Career Award in Education from the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy and the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award. He is also a Teaching Fellow of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Mullen was a fellow to the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Tennessee. While at UT-Knoxville, he also received the W.F. and Gold Moss Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Tennessee Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
At UK, he served from 2003 to 2004 on the Undergraduate Council, which reviews and makes recommendations on proposed new programs and courses, and now serves on the steering committee for the Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment.
GRAHAM DIRECTS ADVANCEMENT, ASSISTS DEAN
Drew Graham has been named the College's Director for Advancement and Assistant to the Dean. He serves as liaison with state government (a position held by David Sparrow until his retirement in September of 2003) and coordinates advancement activities for the College, including alumni and development functions.
Graham earned both his undergraduate and master's degrees from the College, and he and his family operate a 700-acre beef cattle and tobacco farm in Clark County.
From 1989 to 1992, Graham served as a Clark County magistrate for
the Clark County Fiscal Court; from 1993
to 1998, as state representative in the Kentucky Legislature for the
73rd District; and from 1999 to 2004, as Clark County Judge Executive,
the county's chief fiscal officer and administrator.
Most recently, Graham served as legislative liaison for Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration.
As a state legislator, Graham chaired the Legislative Tobacco Task force in 1994 and the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Small Business from 1995 to 1998.
Graham received the College's Agriculture Leadership Award in 1999, the Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts in 1997, was named one of the College's Outstanding Young Alumni in 1994, and was named a Kentucky Star State Farmer by the Future Farmers of America in 1979.