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Nick Place

Dean for UF/IFAS Extension
Director, Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Professor, Agricultural Education and Communication


  • Education
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Dr. Nick T. Place was named Dean and Director of University of Florida/IFAS Extension in September 2012. He is a Professor in the Agricultural Education and Communication Department in the UF /College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). He oversees the Florida Cooperative Extension service found in 67 counties, 13 Research and Education Centers, 15 special Institutes and programs and Y departments across the Sunshine State. From 2007 through 2012, Dr. Place served as the Associate Dean and Director of the University of Maryland Extension (UME).

Dr. Place was Multi-county Extension Agent and CED in Pennsylvania, conducting educational programs in dairy, livestock, 4-H / youth development and community development. He moved to Florida in 1999 and was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) until 2007, focusing on Extension Education and Faculty professional development.

In 1995 he was selected by USDA to work in Poland as part of the Polish-American Extension Project for six months on extension education methods and dairy/livestock technologies.

Dr. Place has received a number of awards, including: 2006 AIAEE Outstanding Achievement Award, 2006 NAAE Outstanding Early Career Award, 2006 AAAE Southern Region Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator Award, 2005 NACTA Teacher Fellow Award, and 2005 CALS Graduate Teacher/Advisor of the Year Award. Dr. Place earned his B.S. in dairy husbandry at Delaware Valley College (Doylestown, PA.) He earned his M.S. in dairy and animal science and his Ph.D. in agricultural and extension education, both from Penn State University