Vencill named UGA associate vice president for instruction

Athens, Ga. – William K. Vencill, a professor and veteran administrator in the department of crop and soil sciences at the University of Georgia, has been named associate vice president for instruction. The appointment is effective October 1.

Vencill has served in numerous campus-wide leadership positions for the last several years and has been a faculty member in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 1989, teaching courses in weed sciences, pesticide management and herbicide technology. He is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy and served as a Senior Teaching Fellow in 2012-13.

“Dr. Vencill has been passionate about teaching and student support, while also playing a significant role for many years in faculty governance. He has provided leadership on a number of campus-wide initiatives that have impacted student learning at the University of Georgia,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction. “We are looking forward to having Dr. Vencill’s leadership in the Office of Instruction.”

As associate vice president for instruction, Vencill will work with Shrivastav and Naomi Norman, associate vice president for instruction, to design and implement new instructional initiatives and improve levels of support for students. The Office of Instruction oversees units and programs that promote student success, from the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Online Learning, and the Center for Teaching and Learning to academic initiatives such as the First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program and Washington Semester Program. The associate vice president reports directly to the vice president for instruction.

Vencill has provided leadership in numerous high-profile roles across the university in the last decade, including as chair of the Executive Committee of the University Council in 2007-08 and as chair of the University Curriculum Committee for three different terms in which he led the charge for creating the new general education curriculum. As chair of the UCC experiential learning subcommittee, he has been active with the experiential learning initiative in working the proposal through the faculty governance process and reviewing proposals across campus.

From 2008-2009 Vencill was an administrative fellow in the Office of the Provost where in which he was in charge of the Office of Faculty Affairs and completed an analysis of instruction activity to evaluate faculty instructional loads, served on the SACSCOC Leadership Committee during the university’s reaccreditation process, and helped develop the 2020 University of Georgia Strategic Plan. He also represented the provost on a University System of Georgia committee to develop ethics guidelines for the USG, and he represented UGA on the USG Council on General Education and on the UGA Assessment Executive Committee that was established in spring 2016. He also served on the Project Advisory Team of the ConnectUGA project that launched Athena, the new student information system powered by Banner.

Outside the university, Vencill has held long-standing leadership positions as editor of the international journal Weed Science since 2009, and was named a Fellow of the Weed Science Society in 2016 in recognition of his excellence in research and service to this professional organization. Vencill has published in 70 peer-reviewed publications and over 250 total publications in his academic and research career.

“Whether in the classroom or serving on a university committee, Dr. Vencill is guided by a commitment to student success,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “He is an outstanding addition to the Office of the Vice President for Instruction and will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the learning environment at the University of Georgia in his new role.”

“I have enjoyed working with the diverse community at the University of Georgia at the university level in a way that is not possible in a college or in an academic department,” Vencill said. “In all of these roles, I have always had the overarching goal of improving UGA the best I can, and I look forward to beginning this new role and making a greater impact on student success.”