Angle Named University of Florida Interim Provost

Josh McGillEducation, Florida

J. Scott Angle, head of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), will serve as UF’s interim provost when Joseph Glover steps down in July.

J. Scott Angle (Photo courtesy of UF/IFAS)

Angle will continue to lead UF/IFAS with executive decision making and strategic direction. Robert Gilbert, current UF/IFAS dean of research, will handle day-to-day administration for the organization in the interim.

In making that announcement in mid-June, UF President Ben Sasse said, “UF has a special role as both the state’s flagship and land-grant university, and few people see that more on a day-to-day basis than Scott. At IFAS, he’s working at the intersection of teaching, research and Extension education. He’s a respected member of our community and he’s ready to roll up his sleeves ahead of the fall 2023 semester as our national search for UF’s permanent provost moves forward. I’m also grateful for Dr. Joe Glover’s tireless work for UF over the last 15 years as provost.”

Angle, whose full title is senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, is the chief executive of UF’s agriculture and environmental sciences arm. As head of UF/IFAS, he leads nearly 2,300 employees who work in all 67 Florida counties. UF/IFAS encompasses the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station. 

Angle joined UF in 2020 after serving as the director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). 

From 2005 to 2015, he served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia. He also previously worked as professor of soil science at the University of Maryland and later as director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland Cooperative Extension.

Angle is widely cited for his scholarship on phytoremediation, which is the use of plants for extraction of heavy metals from soil. 

Source: UF/IFAS

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