Thomas R. “Tom” Scott is dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. He had served as interim dean of the College from July 2009 until May 2011. His appointment as dean follows a vote of confidence in his leadership by the faculty of the college.
Scott arrived at Clemson in 1986 after completing his post-doctoral research in immunology at Mississippi State University. He is a professor of animal and veterinary sciences with a joint appointment to the biological sciences department. He served for four years as director of the former School of Animal, Biomedical and Biological Sciences and has an active research program.
Scott earned his bachelor's degree in zoology and a master’s degree in poultry science from Louisiana State University, and received his Ph.D. in poultry science from the University of Georgia.
“I am proud to have this opportunity to serve as dean and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students of the college,” Scott said. “My interim appointment allowed me the opportunity to learn so much more about the important teaching, research and service conducted by our faculty members. Our college is committed to the land-grant mission of Clemson University.”