Chris Rhodes is Director of Industry Partnerships and Project Based Learning for CAES. He promotes commercialization activities in CAES, and he facilitates the College’s participation in the university’s Innovation District initiative.
At CAES, Rhodes acts as a liaison with the agriculture industry, building interactions between industry partners, students and faculty. He also works to build a culture of entrepreneurship for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.
Prior to coming to work at UGA in 2020, Chris spent six years with AGCO Corp., where he served in a variety of global leadership roles in business development, innovation, partnerships and strategy. Prior to AGCO, he spent more than eight years in strategic planning and project management with John Deere.
While earning his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Rhodes co-founded Precision BioSciences, a biotechnology company that specializes in gene editing for plant science and human therapeutics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dartmouth College.