CLEMSON — Tom Scott, dean of Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS), will step down effective June 30 and return to the faculty of the animal and veterinary sciences department.

Tom Scott

Tom Scott

A 28-year veteran of the college, Scott was appointed dean in May 2011 after serving two years as interim dean. Scott also served for four years as director of the former School of Animal, Biomedical and Biological Sciences in the college from 1996 to 2000.

“My service to Clemson and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences as professor, department chair, school director and dean has been both professionally and personally rewarding. It has been a pleasure to serve alongside the faculty, staff and students of this college. They are talented, enthusiastic, inspired and dedicated. They are unsurpassed,” said Scott.

The college has experienced significant growth during Scott’s tenure, adding initiatives in agriculture; forestry and natural resources; food and packaging sciences; biological sciences; and genetics and health. Under Scott’s leadership, 1,108 research awards totaled nearly $58 million and more than $19 million was raised in private gifts.

In 2010, Scott led a college-wide reorganization to identify priorities for education and research and to improve administrative efficiency without permanently eliminating any degree programs.

Other accomplishments during Scott’s tenure include:

  • The design and construction of the 100,000-square-foot Life Sciences Facility that opened in 2013 with 25 research labs, three microbiology teaching labs, the Clemson Light Imaging Facility, conference rooms and offices for faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students;
  • Remodeling of existing labs and installation of new state-of-the-art equipment;
  • A 21 percent increase in student enrollment;
  • A stronger partnership with the Greenwood Genetics Center, including an endowed chair position and $5.6 million for the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics, with support from the Self Family Foundation;
  • Increased numbers of students participating in internships, co-ops, study abroad programs and service learning experiences;
  • Donations of four major endowments for the college, and hiring of a renowned scientist for the Morse Chair in Arthropod Biodiversity;
  • Establishment of an advisory board for the college and several departments, and both undergraduate and graduate student advisory boards;
  • Stronger relationships with government agencies and industry and alliances with new industry stakeholders;
  • CAFLS PLUS, a new career-ready professional development program for undergraduates to teach soft skills and personal finance; and Restoration of CAFLS to sound fiscal health.

Scott has researched and written extensively regarding animal health immunology. Along with colleagues at Clemson, he has authored several articles regarding this topic. He holds two patents for work conducted on immunity and cancer, respectively.

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