Published on 11/20/17

Doug Bailey, UGA horticulture department head, named CAES assistant dean for academic affairs

By Merritt Melancon

For three decades, University of Georgia horticulture Professor and Department Head Doug Bailey has helped to shape the careers of future horticulturists. Now, he’ll use that experience to help guide the academic and professional careers of students across UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

Bailey recently accepted the post of assistant dean for academic affairs for CAES. As part of his new role, which begins Jan. 1, Bailey will lead academic program development, student recruitment and retention. He’ll also develop learning assessment programs for the college.

“The college is pleased to have a faculty member with Dr. Bailey’s experience and commitment to students join our academic affairs team,” said Josef Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs.

Bailey has served as head of the CAES Department of Horticulture since 1999, when he came to Athens from North Carolina State University’s Department of Horticulture.

Before receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees in horticulture at Purdue University, Bailey received his bachelor’s degree from the UGA Department of Horticulture in 1980.  

Before turning his attention towards administration, Bailey conducted research focused on greenhouse production of ornamental plants and floriculture.

“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Bailey said. “Our college has excellent academic programs and the faculty and staff involved with teaching are outstanding.

I look forward to joining the team in Dr. Broder’s office.”

Bailey will continue to serve as head of the Department of Horticulture until a new permanent department head can be named.

For more information about the CAES Office of Academic Affairs, visit .

Merritt Melancon is a public relations manager with UGA's Terry College of Business and previously served as a public relations coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension.

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