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Elad, Renata

Stafford School of Business
Dean and Professor of Ag Economics

Lewis Hall, Dean’s Suite




Dr. Renata Elad

Ph.D. University of Georgia.
M.S.  University of Georgia.
B.S.A.  University of Jos.

Elad Named Dean of Stafford School of Business at ABAC

January 26, 2017

Dr. Renata Elad has been named the Dean of the Stafford School of Business at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, according to an announcement today by ABAC President David Bridges.
“Dr. Elad has served as the interim dean for the past seven months, and she has done an outstanding job,” Bridges said. “She is highly educated, well prepared, and she has great experience with 17 years here as a faculty member.”
Elad was appointed as the interim dean of the Stafford School of Business on June 13, 2016, moving from her teaching position in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, where she was a Professor of Agricultural Economics.
“It’s an incredible honor for me to accept this position,” Elad said. “I tell my students that you don’t have to always be the brightest person in the room to succeed in life. You just have to be the person who is willing to put in the effort. I know that I am willing to put in the effort to get the job done.”
Bridges is confident that Elad will do just that.
“Dr. Elad’s leadership provides ABAC a unique opportunity to bring programs in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Stafford School of Business closer together,” Bridges said. “Her proven skills and committed leadership will move the Stafford School of Business forward.”
Elad already has three goals in mind involving enrollment, curriculum, and partnerships.
“I like the close the loop approach that Dr. Bridges uses,” Elad said. “We want to show the students not just what they get when they enroll here but what they have to look forward to when they graduate with a degree from ABAC.
“I believe we have a solid curriculum in the Stafford School of Business but every curriculum could use some tweaking. I want to make it more relevant for today’s market, and I also want it to match the climate in the workplace.”
Community partnerships and outreach into the Tifton area are key points in Elad’s plan for the future of the Stafford School of Business.
“We must continue to keep ourselves relevant in the community,” Elad said. “To be active in the community is very important.”
Elad personifies that community involvement by serving on the Board of Directors for the Tiftarea Greenway Association and the Tiftarea YMCA. She is also a member of the Tifton Optimist Club.
“Tifton is my home,” Elad said. “That’s my way of giving back.”
At one point in her life Elad thought living in the United States was going to be a part of her past, not her future. After growing up in Cameroon and gaining her undergraduate degree in agriculture from the University of Jos in Nigeria, she enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Georgia.
“I had bought a round trip ticket from Cameroon when I enrolled,” Elad remembered with a smile. “After a week, I called my mom and said to send me the other half of my ticket. I was coming home.”
Her parents convinced her to stick it out, and she ultimately earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics and then a doctorate degree in applied economics from UGA in 1999. She wanted to convert that education into a job with the United Nations. Fate intervened.
“My advisor said there is a job opening at a college in Tifton, and that I should take it,” Elad said. “One of my students said that ABAC was a nice place, and that I would like it.”
ABAC President Harold Loyd hired her but then had to convince her to stay after she was ready to move to a cooler climate after only a year.
“It was so hot that first year that I literally went home every day and closed the door to feel the air conditioning,” Elad said. “Dr. Loyd convinced me to stay, and I am glad that I did.
“Being named to this position is a testament to effort and consistency. I have to give a lot of credit to Dr. Tim Marshall. He showed me how to appreciate ABAC in a very special way.”