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Mullahey Named Director Of UF’s West Florida Research And Education Center In Milton And Jay

Mike Martin, (352) 392-1971
Jeff Mullahey, (941) 658-3400

GAINESVILLE—Jeff Mullahey, professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), has been named director of the UF’s West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton and Jay, effective August 4.

In announcing the appointment, UF Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mike Martin said Mullahey will replace Donn Shilling who served as director of the West Florida facility since January 1998. Shilling recently became director of the UF’s Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka.

Mullahey, a professor of range science in the wildlife ecology and conservation department, has been stationed at UF’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee for the past 11 years. His research and extension work has focused on weed science, agro-ecology and precision agriculture.

“Through his work at Immokalee, Jeff Mullahey has demonstrated a strong understanding of the issues facing the state and a genuine commitment to provide progressive leadership at the West Florida center,” Martin said. “We also want to acknowledge the outstanding service Donn Shilling has provided during his term as director. The center has advanced under Donn’s leadership, and he has been a constructive and creative member of the UF/IFAS administrative team.”

Mullahey completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in animal science at North Carolina State University, and earned his Ph.D. in range science at the University of Nebraska in 1989.