Javier Fernandez-Salvador has been appointed as the new executive director of the University of California, Davis Olive Center.
The assistant professor at the agricultural extension service of Oregon State University currently leads the Olea project, dedicated to researching and promoting olive cultivation in the state.
I am honored to receive this appointment and eager to partner with California’s world-class olive growers and processors, as well as my new colleagues at UC Davis.
“Having also served as an extension specialist earlier in my career, I know that Javier will understand how to work closely with growers and be responsive to their needs,” said Helene Dillard, the dean of the university’s department of agricultural and environmental sciences.
“I am confident that he will continue to advance the excellence of the UC Davis Olive Center,” she added.See Also: Olive Center Updates
Flynn, who announced last September that he would be leaving the Olive Center this year, said that he had accomplished what he set out to do with the center but would continue serving as an informal adviser.
“Javier is a great fit for the position,” Flynn said. “He knows agriculture and understands the university. He likes people and they like him back.”
Fernandez-Salvador said that he already has plans for the center’s new direction and future perspectives.
“I am honored to receive this appointment and eager to partner with California’s world-class olive growers and processors, as well as my new colleagues at UC Davis,” Fernandez-Salvador said.
“After learning about the opportunities for working with such an important industry, I’m looking forward to helping advance the mission of the Olive Center,” he added.