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Christine Waddill Named Director Of UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research And Education Center In Immokalee

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IMMOKALEE, Fla.—The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has announced several administrative changes at its Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, effective Sept. 7.

After serving as center director for more than seven years, Edward Hanlon will assume fulltime duties as professor of soil and water science at the facility. Christine Waddill, director of the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, will assume additional duties as director of the Immokalee center, providing leadership and evaluation for the faculty, and making budget decisions.

At the same time, John Dunckelman, the former director of research for the Florida Sugar Cane League Inc. in Clewiston, will become associate director of the center. Dunckelman will be responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the center, working with advisory committees, stakeholders and other clientele groups.

Charles Vavrina, who has served as associate director of the center, will work full time as district director of the UF/IFAS Extension Service.

The changes were announced today (Sept. 7) by Richard Jones, UF interim senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

Jones said he was pleased that the faculty and staff at the Immokalee center have committed to make the new management plan successful, and he expects Waddill and Dunckelman to meet regularly with faculty and staff to seek their input on the center’s operation and programs.