Thursday, June 2, 2011

John Hayes named interim dean for UF/IFAS research

John Hayes named interim dean for UF/IFAS research


June 1, 2011 /Photo available at


By Robert H. Wells, 352-273-3569,


Sources: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971, 

    John Hayes, 352-846-0552,
                Mark McLellan, 352-392-1784,


GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- John Hayes, chairman of the University of Florida’s wildlife ecology and conservation department, has been appointed interim dean for research for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.


“John understands research and has been a proven administrator,” Payne said. “I look forward to the vision and dedication that he will bring to the position.”


Hayes takes the post July 1 and replaces Mark McLellan, IFAS research dean since July 2005.


McLellan will leave UF to be vice president for research and dean of the school of graduate studies at Utah State University in Logan.


McLellan said he is proud of his accomplishments at UF, which include working to establish the Florida Climate Institute and the Carbon Resources Science Center, as well as creating an internal competitive grant program for cutting-edge research and a new approach to optimize the licensing of UF/IFAS cultivar releases.


As interim dean, Hayes will also be director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, which encompasses nearly 1,000 faculty, 17 disciplines and 13 research and education centers throughout the state.


Hayes, a UF faculty member and WEC chairman since 2006, will promote continued advancements in IFAS research. He will also maintain his role as director of the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, a 9,100 acre conservation research center in Putnam County.


As WEC chairman, Hayes has steered the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station towards becoming a globally significant research facility and helped partner the station with the


National Ecological Observatory Network, a National Science Foundation-funded program to evaluate the nation’s environmental pulse over the next three decades.


Hayes is also president-elect of the National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs, has published 90 technical publications and popular articles and has generated $6.5 million in grants and contracts to support his research.


Hayes said he plans to advance the strategic direction of IFAS research programs, strengthen partnerships between IFAS stakeholders, increase the quality of research facilities and integrate the research, teaching and extension missions of IFAS.


“I see this as a wonderful opportunity to help advance food, agriculture and natural resources research on a larger scale,” Hayes said. “The University of Florida is on the leading edge of so many of these issues, and it’s really exciting for me to play a role in that.”



Robert H. Wells

Science News Writer

UF/IFAS Information & Communication Services

Bldg. 116, Mowry Rd.

Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-3569


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