GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 17-year University of Florida administrator and chairwoman of a key Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences committee has been named associate vice president of operations for UF/IFAS.
Jeanna Mastrodicasa worked for seven years as UF assistant vice president for student affairs before being appointed to the post by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. She also serves as chair of the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education Advisory Board.
The PIE Center provides trusted communications research on current and emerging issues within agriculture and natural resources. Through the research, the center can more clearly determine how people form and act on opinions about these issues and provide recommendations for making strong messages.
Mastrodicasa will assume her new role Feb. 1.
“One of my goals is to learn as much as I can about what we do in IFAS,” she said. “It’s a statewide organization. I’m interested in listening. I want to know, ‘what can I do to help?’ I think it will be fun and exciting. It all comes back to relationships. That’s what makes IFAS and UF more successful.”