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Meullenet named interim head of Agricultural Experiment Station

Dec. 14, 2017 

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Food Science Dept. Head Jean-François Meullenet named interim director of Division of Ag’s research side
  • Horticulture Dept. Head Wayne Mackay to serve as interim head of Food Science

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Jean-François Meullenet has been named interim director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, effective Dec. 11.

Jean-François Meullenet

Mark Cochran, vice-president-agriculture for the system and head of the Division of Agriculture, on Wednesday announced Meullenet’s appointment to succeed Clarence Watson, who retires at year’s end. The Agricultural Experiment Station, headquartered in Fayetteville, is the research arm of the Division of Agriculture, and has 13 research centers and stations across Arkansas. The stations’ research findings are then transferred to the public through the Cooperative Extension Service. 

“I know I still have a lot to learn about the breadth of our programs and plan to spend the first few months bettering my understanding of all aspects of our research through departmental and unit visits,” he said. “I also look forward to working closely with Bumpers College and Extension as we partner on various projects.”

A native of France, Meullenet earned a master of science in Food Engineering from the National Superior School of Agronomy and Food Science in Nancy, and a PhD in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia. He joined the Division of Agriculture as an assistant professor of Food Science in 1996. He has published 117 articles in refereed journals and has made more than 150 presentations, in addition to advising numerous masters and PhD students.

Since 2006, Meullenet has held the Tyson Foods Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Sensory Science and is a 2013 graduate of LEAD21, a national leadership program.

About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.   

 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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