Clemson University has selected the director of the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown to serve as associate dean/associate director of agriculture and natural resources at Clemson.

George Askew will lead statewide public service research and Extension programs. He has served as interim in the post since 2007.

Askew joined Clemson in 1980 as assistant professor of forestry at the Baruch Institute. He was named institute director in 1985, executive director of the Wallace F. Pate Foundation for Environmental Research and Education in 1994 and interim director for the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in 2002.

Askew’s research has focused on the controlled pollination of loblolly pines, on breeding and selection systems for vegetative propagation and on the long-term ecology of a coastal forest drainage system.

He has received numerous grants from the USDA Forest Service and private agencies for research on forest genetics, seed orchard management, forest recovery from hurricane damage, intensive forest management for energy production and prescribed fire as a forest management tool.

He holds a bachelor's degree in forest management, a master's in forestry and a Ph.D. in agronomy, all from Clemson University.