Meet the Vice President

photoJFrumOn Feb. 1, 2012, Jennifer Frum became the fifth vice president for public service and outreach (PSO) at the University of Georgia, and the first woman to hold the position. She steps into the leadership role with 17 years of experience in PSO programs and a clear vision for the future. In that vision, Frum sees UGA capitalizing on its assets and land-grant history to become the ideal responsive and engaged university – one that can serve as a model for all land-grant institutions.

Frum joined Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia in 1995 and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in September 2006. In 2007, she was appointed assistant director of the Institute of Government and in August 2009, she oversaw the Institute’s day-to-day activities as deputy director. She was appointed interim director of the Institute of Government’s in April 2010, assuming management of the Institute’s overall operations and programming. She served as interim Vice President for Public Service and Outreach from July 1, 2011, to January 31, 2012.

Before arriving at the Institute of Government, Frum served as assistant director of UGA’s Office of International Public Service and Outreach, where she led the development and implementation of a wide range of development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Frum has led technical assistance projects in China, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Croatia, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago. She also has experience working in Cambodia, South Africa, Liberia and Egypt. She has coordinated several donor-funded training and education projects supported by international development agencies.

Frum serves on the boards of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, Athens Area Community Foundation, and Georgia Women of Achievement. She was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 2012 “Power Women” in Georgia. She received a Fulbright award in 1999. She was also a participant in the 2006-2007 Public Service and Outreach Leadership Academy.

Before coming to UGA, Frum worked for the Washington office of U.S. Representative Bob Wise. She earned an M.A. in international relations from George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from West Virginia University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education. Her fields of expertise include organizational management and governance, public management, public sector capacity building in the developing world, comparative political systems, and higher education administration.