Dr. George Askew

Dr. George AskewVP Public Service & Agriculture

Degrees Held:

B.S., Forest Management, Clemson University
M.S., Forestry, Clemson University
Ph.D., Agronomy, Clemson University 

Research Interest:

Dr. Askew focuses on the influences of population size and pedigree on somatic embryogenesis systems for conifers.


Dr. Askew serves as one of Clemson University’s three mission vice presidents. He provides leadership for the University’s statewide agriculture, forestry and natural resources research, Extension and regulatory programs.

Public Service and Agriculture includes Experiment Station research at campus farms and laboratories, at research and education centers in Florence, Blackville, Columbia and Charleston, at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown and at the Archbold Tropical Research Institute in Dominica; as well as Extension programs in all 46 counties to take university research to farmers, foresters and consumers; Livestock-Poultry Health programs to enforce state and federal animal health regulations; and Regulatory Services programs to enforce state and federal plant health regulations. 

His responsibilities include oversight of programs, personnel and budgets, and strategic planning for critical hires, facilities improvements and new program initiatives.

He maintains relationships with agriculture and forest products producers, and with the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences to ensure that Public Service and Agriculture programs are meeting the state’s agribusiness needs. He also maintains relationships with the other colleges at Clemson as they relate to the Public Service mission.

He previously served as director of the Baruch Institute and the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, and as executive director of the Wallace F. Pate Foundation for Environmental Research and Education.

He has received numerous grants from the USDA Forest Service and private agencies for research on forest genetics, seed orchard management, forest recovery from hurricane damage, intensive forest management for energy production and prescribed fire as a forest management tool.

Publication Highlights:

Williams, C.G. and Askew, G. R. (1993). Alternative orchard designs. Advances in Pollen Management. USDA Forest Service Agricultural, Handbook #698 pp. 83-90.

Askew, G. R. and El-Kasaby, Y. A. (1994). Estimation of relationship coefficients among progeny derived from wind-pollinated orchard seeds. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 88:267-272.

Askew, G.R. and El-Kassaby, Y. A. (1994). The basis for diversity in operational plantations. In:  Proceedings 1994 SRIEG:  Genetic Diversity in Commercial Forest Tree Plantations.

Askew, G.R. and El-Kassaby, Y. A. (1994). Results of domestication: Seed orchard diversity. In: Proceedings 1994 SRIEG:  Genetic Diversity in Commercial Forest Tree Plantations.

McCutchan, B. G.; Askew, G. R.; Blush, T. D.; and Wise, F. C. eds. (1997). Genetic Diversity in Commercial Forest Tree Plantations. Can. Jour. For. Res. Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 393-446.

El-Kassaby, Y. A. and Askew, G.R. (1998). Seed orchards and their genetics: Chapter 6, Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding. A. K. Mandal and G. L. Gibson eds. CBS Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, India.