Askew, Jacks to lead key Clemson University divisions
CLEMSON — Two longtime Clemson University administrators are moving from interim to regular appointments, university officials announced Wednesday.
Almeda Jacks, who returned to Clemson in December as interim vice president for student affairs, has accepted an appointment to continue in that role, said President James P. Clements. Jacks had served in the Student Affairs division for 31 years — including 14 as vice president — before retiring in 2006.
“Dr. Jacks brings a wealth of experience that combines in-depth knowledge of Clemson and a national perspective on issues and challenges facing higher education today,” Clements said. “She and her team have made great strides since her return in December, and we want to continue the momentum.”
“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to continue contributing to Clemson,” Jacks said. “We have a wonderful staff and tremendous support from parents and alumni, and we’re all committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students.”
Jacks earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Clemson. Since her retirement, she has served as a senior consultant for Keeling and Associates LLC (K&A), a higher education consulting firm providing services ranging from strategic planning to executive searches.
She is a member of Blue Key, Golden Key and other honorary societies, clubs and organizations and has won numerous awards from Clemson and from state, regional and national groups and organizations. She has served as an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
“Dr. Jacks will continue her work with K&A until all the interim and permanent searches she is leading are completed. Once her search responsibilities with K&A have ended, she will remain with K&A as an occasional consultant, as available, in the future,” said Richard Keeling, principal and senior executive consultant.
“Continuing to contribute to the excellent work K&A does is important to me,” Jacks added.
Clemson also has named George Askew as dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences in addition to his role as vice president of Public Service and Agriculture (PSA).
Askew will lead the college as well as the university’s PSA division, which enhances economic growth in South Carolina by conducting cutting-edge research and transferring discoveries and new technology to the state’s agriculture and forestry industries.
Askew becomes the leader of a newly combined college and public service division. Clemson Provost Robert Jones said the combination would optimize the work of both units and strongly support the university’s mission to provide world-class teaching, research and public service to the residents of South Carolina.
“Dr. Askew has exceptional experience and knowledge of South Carolina agriculture, forestry and natural resources. Under his leadership, a strongly united college and public service division will enhance our commitment to teaching, research and outreach that benefits the entire state,” Jones said.
The Public Service and Agriculture division includes Extension offices in all 46 South Carolina counties and research and education centers in Blackville, Columbia, Charleston, Florence and Georgetown. Its four major units include Extension, the agricultural Experiment Station, Regulatory Services and Livestock-Poultry Health.
The college includes six academic departments: animal and veterinary sciences; agriculture and environmental sciences; forestry and environmental conservation; food, nutrition and packaging science; genetics and biochemistry; and biological sciences. Its six research centers include the Life Sciences Outreach Center, the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics, the Institute of Environmental Toxicology, the Center for Flexible Packaging, the Animal Co-Products Research and Education Center and the Center for Human Genetics at the Greenwood Genetics Center.
The college enrolls 4,060 undergraduate and graduate students and has 189 faculty members, lecturers and instructors and 118 staff members.
“I am excited about the future of the college and PSA. Bringing together the world-class faculty, researchers, Extension agents, staff and students of these two units enables us to better serve the residents of South Carolina as we fulfill our land-grant responsibilities in teaching, research and extended public service,” Askew said.
Askew received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Clemson. He has served as the vice president of agriculture since early 2014 and as interim dean of the college since June. He previously served as director of the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology & Forest Science and executive director of the Wallace F. Pate Foundation for Environmental Research and Education.
As part of combining PSA and the college, Clemson plans to conduct an internal search this fall to hire an associate dean for academic programs.