|Dean of University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs|
July 1, 2017
|Dean of Faculty of Bates College|
July 1, 2013 - July 1, 2017
|Born||Matthew R. Auer|
|Residence||Athens, Georgia, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Harvard University
Matthew "Matt" R. Auer is an American academic administrator and environmental scholar. Auer served as the dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine before being appointed the current Dean of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs in Athens, Georgia; he assumed office on July 1, 2017.
Auer had also previously served as the Dean of the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Auer earned an AB in Anthropology, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1988, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University in 1996.
He is the former Dean of the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. At Indiana University, he taught environmental policy, public policy, and public administration at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Auer served as Senior Adviser to the U.S. Forest Service from 2001 to 2006. During that time, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Forum on Forests and to the International Tropical Timber Council, the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). For the United States Agency for International Development and other bilateral aid agencies, he has developed, implemented, and evaluated energy and environmental programs in, among other countries, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Estonia, Poland, Azerbaijan, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. He has also served as a Presidential Management Fellow at USAID.
Auer was appointed as the Dean of Faculty of Bates College on July 1, 2013. Auer has received more than a dozen teaching awards including the President's Award. On February 1, 2017, it was announced that Auer was appointed to a senior level position within the University of Georgia by the college's president, Clayton Spencer.
In early February 2017, the University of Georgia announced that Auer had been named dean of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. He assumed office on July 1, 2017 following an induction ceremony.
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