Meet the Assistant Dean
The University of Georgia Tifton Campus is a home away from home for Assistant Dean Joe West.
"When I first arrived, I planned on being here for about five years, and that was more than 28 years ago," said West, a Tennessee native who earned his bachelor's degree at Middle Tennessee State, his master's at the University of Tennessee and his doctorate at Texas A&M. "It turned out Tifton was an outstanding place for my career and for my family."
A dairy scientist by trade, West has served as assistant dean for the Tifton campus since 2007. During West's tenure, energy efficiency has been one of his top priorities. In 2013 the campus was awarded the Georgia Energy Challenge Certificate of Achievement for achieving a 15 percent reduction in energy use.
Campus renovations have also been at the forefront of West's work. In 2013 Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into budget $4.7 million to be used for the renovation of the Tift Building, the campus's oldest facility. Construction is slated to begin in 2014.
West's wife, Joy, is the special education director for Tift County schools. The couple has two children: daughter, Rachel, is studying for her doctorate in developmental biology at Colorado State, and son, Jordan, is working on a degree in physical therapy in Savannah.