Jean Bertrand

Jean Bertrand

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences has named Jean A. Bertrand Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Bertrand has served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2006. Prior to her time at UGA, Bertrand was a faculty member in Clemson’s Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences for 20 years. She earned her Ph.D. in animal nutrition from UGA.

“I am extremely excited to be returning to Clemson,” Bertrand said.  “It was a privilege for me to serve as a faculty member in the Animal and Veterinary Science Department and it is an honor to return as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in CAFLS.  Clemson is a great institution and I am looking forward to working with CAFLS students and faculty to help support South Carolina’s agribusiness and natural resources industries.”

While at UGA, Bertrand helped establish an array of student recruiting, orientation, research and internship opportunities; coordinated distance education efforts; and led the development of expanded online course offerings. Bertrand is widely published and has won numerous teaching, research and career development awards. She also held an Extension appointment in dairy herd improvement from 1986-94.

“Jean has a proven record as a distinguished academic and student advocate,” said George Askew, dean of CAFLS and vice president of Clemson Public Service and Agriculture. “I am confident she will work to ensure our students have a first-rate learning environment and our graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in their chosen career fields.”

Bertrand will oversee and coordinate all undergraduate programs in CAFLS, assist with strategic planning, and serve as primary university liaison regarding undergraduate academic programs. Bertrand was chosen after a national search and will begin March 1.