Dr. J. Scott Angle

President and CEO


Dr. J. Scott Angle became IFDC’s president and chief executive officer in October 2015. Previously, he was the dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia. He also held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

An internationally known soil scientist and former Fulbright scholar, Angle combines knowledge with philanthropic passion to tackle issues like hunger, poverty and environmental protection. His solutions include teaching sound agricultural practices with efficient use of fertilizer at the smallholder level. Advocating informed, meaningful policy change and strengthening agricultural sectors are also critical components.

As a researcher, Angle authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific papers, reports, book chapters and abstracts. He is a leading authority on phytoremediation and risks/benefits of recycled waste products to improve soil and boost crop growth.

Throughout his career, Angle received several awards for his work. In addition to his Fulbright scholarship, he was an OECD Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He received the American Society of Agronomy’s Environmental Research Award in 1998 and the Education Award in 2003. He is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. At the University of Maryland he was recognized as the inventor of the year for his work on phytoremediation and was a Distinguished Teacher-Scholar – the highest academic award at UMD.

Most recently, as the Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UGA, he was often recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the state and he led and coordinated agriculture deans within the land grant system in 2012 and 2013.