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Keith L. Belli
CLEMSON — Keith L. Belli, the head of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, has been named dean of Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS). He will assume his new role Sept. 1, succeeding George R. Askew Jr., who will continue to serve as vice president of Clemson Public Service and Agriculture (PSA).
Under CAFLS’ new administrative structure, Belli will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer and associate vice president for PSA, and will collaborate with Askew to advance the interests of both the college and PSA.
“Dr. Belli will be an excellent addition to the university based on his leadership experience at other land-grant institutions and his record of accomplishments as a faculty member,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “I believe that he will do a wonderful job leading the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences as well as serving the people of South Carolina through our public service activities.”
Belli (bell′-eye) will play a critical role in implementing Clemson’s land-grant mission by working with the college’s faculty and staff to continue building upon its vision of creating future leaders who will feed a growing population, develop renewable sources of energy, ensure a safe substantially packaged food supply and maintain a healthy environment.
As dean, Belli will report directly to Robert Jones, Clemson’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.
“Throughout his career, Keith has been recognized by his students and colleagues for excellence in teaching and leadership,” said Jones. “We are looking forward to him bringing this expertise to Clemson while he works to enhance the national reputation of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences through growth in scholarship, research and impact.”
During his tenure at the University of Tennessee, the Society of American Foresters accredited …