UK selects first female dean of ag school

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - An associate dean in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has been selected as the school's first female dean.

University Provost Christine Riordan said Tuesday that Nancy Cox had accepted the job and will begin her tenure as dean Jan. 1, subject to approval by the UK board of trustees next month.

Spokesman Carl Nathe confirmed Cox would be the first woman to lead the agriculture school.

Scott Smith, dean since 2001, plans to return to the faculty, where he has served 35 years.

Cox, formerly of Mississippi State University, has been associate dean of research since 2001.

UK said Cox oversees the college's research portfolio, including $25 million in external awards in fiscal year 2012, and was founding administrator of UK's growing ag equine programs.

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