UF’s Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Announcement

Published: May 7th, 2020

Category: Memos

W. Kent Fuchs, President

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce today that J. Scott Angle, PhD, will be joining the UF/IFAS family as vice president of agriculture and natural resources.  His first day will be July 13, 2020.  Dr. Angle will oversee UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences with more than 6,000 students, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, and the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station’s network of research centers. He succeeds Jack Payne, who is retiring after 10 years in that position.

His appointment is the result of a 10-month national search. I am very grateful to the 25 members of the search committee, chaired by UF College of Public Health and Health Professions Dean Michael Perri, including members of the UF/IFAS community, agriculture commodity and state agency representatives. The public portion of the search concluded with three excellent, nationally-recognized finalists. In addition to numerous meetings, more than 300 members of the public participated and provided feedback for the search, both in Gainesville and at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred.

Dr. Angle comes to UF from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he serves as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and recently oversaw the successful transition of the institute’s operations from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, MO. During this major effort, he was able to ensure mission continuity and service. UF/IFAS has been in transition mode during the coronavirus pandemic as well, pivoting quickly to remote learning and working, budgetary challenges and an industry in crisis. 

He has spent more than 35 years in agricultural science and administration, including 25 years as a professor of soil science and administrator (Director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland Cooperative Extension) at the University of Maryland. His early work focused on the study of losses of nutrients from agro-ecosystems, and their impact on the Chesapeake Bay. He also studied the impact of heavy metals on the food chain with the goal of protecting our food supply from these harmful elements.

From 2005 to 2015, Angle served as dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America and a Fulbright Fellow having worked at the Rothamsted (Research) Experimental Station, in the United Kingdom. He subsequently served as president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), an international public organization (IPO) dedicated to helping the poorest farmers of the world produce more food.

I want to thank Dr. Jack Payne for his dedicated leadership and the enduring contributions he has made to IFAS and the University of Florida. 

We look forward to welcoming and supporting Dr. Angle in this critical role at our land-grant university. UF/IFAS and the university as a whole will benefit greatly from his extensive experience and thoughtful leadership.

Warm regards,


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