In July 2020, Dr. J. Scott Angle became the University of Florida’s Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and leader of UF/IFAS. He provides management and strategic leadership for the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He shares administration of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine as well as UF’s Water Institute, Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Genetics Institute.
On November 1, 2018, Dr. Angle was sworn in by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as the third permanent Director of NIFA. NIFA supports research, educational, and Extension efforts in a wide range of scientific fields related to agricultural and behavioral sciences.
Angle worked for 24 years as a Professor of Soil Science and administrator (Associate Director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland Cooperative Extension) at the University of Maryland. His early work focused on the study of losses of nutrients from agro-ecosystems and their impact on the Chesapeake Bay. He also studied the impact of heavy metals on the food chain with the goal of protecting our food supply from these harmful elements. Later, he concentrated his research on phytoremediation, the use of plants for extraction of heavy metals from soil. In 2005, he moved to Athens, Georgia, where he served as Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia for 10 years.
A frequently published author, Angle is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. He is also a Fulbright Fellow, having worked at Rothamsted Research in the UK.
Angle served as President and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), from 2015 to 2018, where he oversaw a staff of more than 800 and coordinated development projects in diverse regions of the world. IFDC provides solutions to alleviate global hunger and poverty through the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency.
Angle earned his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Maryland in Agronomy and Soil Science, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri with an emphasis on Soil Microbiology.