Published on 03/27/14

Amrit N. Bart takes over as director of UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Programs

By Christy Fricks

Amrit N. Bart has been named assistant dean for international affairs in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the college’s Office of Global Programs.

As director, Bart will coordinate international agricultural programs in teaching, research and service, with a focus on building the program’s profile and presence.

“I hope to make a significant contribution toward making the global programs grow and develop here at the University of Georgia,” Bart said. “I would like to see the global programs elevated to a level of prominence where other strong universities see us as strong partners.”

Bart was formerly the director of the Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam (AIT) and a faculty member of aquaculture and aquatic resource management at AIT in Thailand. With over 15 years experience in international agriculture training, research and outreach management, Bart has built a vast network of global institutions and individuals.

“Dr. Bart brings a wealth of experience to UGA,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of UGA CAES. “He knows best a part of the world that we intend to focus on over the next decade. His contacts, experience and understanding of Southeast Asia will be invaluable as we build programs in this area.”

Bart’s international background includes managing and leading USAID-funded sustainability projects on aquatic resources and management. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked with the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers on projects to reduce poverty by improving the livelihoods of fishermen and fish farmers.

“The mission of land grant universities fits well with my own personal view that well integrated academics and research and outreach must lead to local prosperity and thus, further the cause of society,” he said.

Bart succeeds Edward T. Kanemasu who retired in February 2014 after leading the global programs office for 24 years.

For more information on global programs at UGA, see the website or contact Vicki McMaken at 706-542-1073 or

Christy Fricks is the communications specialist for USAID Feed the Future Peanut and Mytotoxin Innovation Lab.

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