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UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County to host Extension Dean and Director Dr. Nick Place

RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2015

TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will host Dr. Nick Place, Dean and Director of UF/IFAS Extension, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 at Bob Norris Auditorium, Lake County Agriculture Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road., Tavares.

Dr. Place will discuss UF and the land grant mission, citizen engagement, Extension roadmap, county needs addressed by Extension, and working together to achieve common goals. He will also be available to answer audience questions.

“We invite all interested citizens to join us to hear Dr. Place talk about the future of Extension and what we can offer to the community here in Lake County,” said Juanita Popenoe, UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Director.

The dean began his appointment at UF in September 2012. In this role, his responsibilities include meeting the mission and goals of the UF Extension program and serving on the IFAS Administrative Team. UF/IFAS Extension has faculty located in each of Florida’s 67 counties, 13 research and education centers, 15 academic departments and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension Service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The Foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.


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