Wines & Vines Home
   
 
Welcome Guest
LOGIN |  CREATE ACCOUNT
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
 
 
04.04.2012  
 

OSU Seeks Wine Research Director

Inaugural director steps down from Oregon Wine Research Institute to focus on lab work

 
by Peter Mitham
 
 
neil shay
 
Oregon State University will convene a search committee to replace outgoing Oregon Wine Research Institute director Neil Shay, who will maintain a laboratory program.
Corvallis, Ore.—The search is on for a new director of the Oregon Wine Research Institute following the announcement last week that inaugural director Neil Shay is stepping down after two years to focus on research activities.

“(Neil) decided he had come to a point where he wanted to get back to doing his research and teaching,” Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, told Wines & Vines this week. “It takes a certain effort, as you might imagine, to lead an endeavor, whether it’s a department or a college or a school or a university or an institute.”

Shay will officially step down June 30, after wrapping up his responsibilities with the institute and completing other academic responsibilities. He will then shift to a professorship in OSU’s Department of Food Science and Technology, maintaining his laboratory program while teaching in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

The first director
Shay was appointed to the institute in 2010 following two search processes that attracted a wide range of candidates. An initial search in fall 2008 ended without consensus the following summer. (See “Search Continues at Oregon State.”) Three candidates were identified from a total of 15 applicants, but both the university and industry failed to agree on the kind of director required during the final cut.

Oregon State and industry worked to better define expectations for the director’s position with the guidance of Ramaswamy, who had been recently appointed as dean.

Ramaswamy gave the position a greater academic orientation, with responsibilities less focused on fundraising, outreach and administration than research and the development of “collaborative and interdisciplinary research relationships with other OSU units, centers and institutes.” The professorship associated with institute was made a tenure-track position, which made it more attractive to potential candidates, while extending the value of the more than $2 million industry has raised in support of the institute.

The second search process garnered a shortlist of five candidates, including Shay, then a professor and department head of the University of Florida’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

The new search
The selection process will now begin again, with Ramaswamy appointing a search committee that will review the position’s description and solicit applications.

“We’re going to look at the position description, think of the characteristics of the individual that we want to hire,” Ramaswamy said. “We’ll reconstitute a (search) committee, and of course that will include folks from the industry as well as the university as well as the USDA Agricultural Research Service.”

Ramaswamy expects the selection process to be fast-tracked, with interviews occurring during the summer and a new director in place by Sept. 1.

“I don’t want us to lose the momentum that we’ve got,” he said. “We want to catch that wave and move it to the next level.”

The institute has 13 faculty members and four “courtesy faculty” from the USDA-ARS. Bill Boggess, executive associate dean of Oregon State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will manage the day-to-day affairs of the institute following Shay’s departure.

New opportunities for Ramaswamy
Ramaswamy won’t be around to see the process complete, however. He has been tapped by the White House to direct the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which oversees federal research and extension work. The appointment was announced in early March and will take effect May 1. The directorship of the institute has been vacant since spring 2011.

Neither David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard, a member and past chair of the policy board for the institute as well as a member of the search committee that selected Shay, nor Michael Donovan of RoxyAnn Winery in Medford, Ore., responded to requests for comment by deadline.

SHARE »
Close
 
Currently no comments posted for this article.
 
CURRENT NEWS INDEX »


 
Wines & Vines Home
 
866.453.9701 | 415.453.9700 | Fax: 415.453.2517
65 Mitchell Blvd., Ste. A San Rafael, CA 94903
info@winesandvines.com
Wine Industry Metrics
 
Off-Premise Sales » Month   12 Months  
January 2015 $623 million
7%
$7,912 million
5%
January 2014 $583 million $7,514 million
     
Direct-to-Consumer Shipments » Month   12 Months  
January 2015 $75 million
-3%
$1,818 million
15%
January 2014 $77 million $1,584 million
     
Winery Job Index » Month   12 Months  
January 2015 259
26%
233
15%
January 2014 205 203
     
 
MORE » Released on 02.13.2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct To Consumer
Wine Shipping Report
2015
 
Download full report »
 
 

Practical Winery & Vineyard Library
 
Search the PWV archive »
 
 

CALENDAR
  • March 2-5
     
    Decouvertes en Vallee du Rhone
     
  • March 4-6
     
    Michigan Wine & Grape Conference
     
  • March 12
     
    Central Coast Insights
     
  • March 13-15
     
    Women of the Vine
     
  • MORE »
 

READER COMMENTS
 
Article: Scurlock joins wine hall of fame »
 
Congratulations David!
Reader: Guest
 
Article: Wineries Cautioned About Internet 'Ads' »
 
I guess my first question would be why is there a three tier system to...
Reader: Guest
 
Article: Wine on the Rocks »
 
Great potential! Mineralities are sought after and can be found in these rock formations with...
Reader: Bruce Coulthard
 
Article: 90% of U.S. Consumers Can Buy Wine Direct »
 
You say that 90% of the consumers can buy wine direct. Really? In most cases...
Reader: Guest
 
Article: Wineries Cautioned About Internet 'Ads' »
 
It is an unfortunate fact that the regulations have no understanding of modern technology and...
Reader: Paul Mabray
 
 


Directory/Buyer's Guide — Your Wine Industry Marketplace
 
 
WINERY SEARCH
 
 
Advanced Search »
SUPPLIER SEARCH
   by Product
 by Company Name or Brand
 
Browse by Category »
2015 Directory/Buyer's Guide
The Wines & Vines Directory and Buyer's Guide
 
 
EXPANDED ONLINE SEARCH INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE
 
ORDER NOW »
 
LEARN MORE »
 
 
Wines & Vines Magazine
 
 
LEARN MORE »
 
SUBSCRIBE »
 
Digital Edition Now Available!
Wines & Vines Digital Edition Now Available
 
LEARN MORE »
 
ORDER NOW »
 
 
The Wines & Vines Online Marketing System
 
The Industry Standard winery marketing application
 
FREE LIVE DEMO »
 
VIEW VIDEO »
 
 
 
 
Latest Job Listings
 Corporate Counsel
 Santa Rosa, CA
General Administration and
 Skilled Cellar Worker
 Santa Rosa, CA
Winemaking and Production
 Tasting Room Assistant
 Napa, CA
DTC, Tasting Room and Retai
 Tasting Room Lead
 Sonoma, CA
DTC, Tasting Room and Retai
 Inventory Manager
 Sonoma, CA
Winemaking and Production
 Event And Marketing Co...
 Kasota, MN
Sales and Marketing
 Dtc Estate Representat...
 Angwin, CA
Sales and Marketing
 Full-Time Lecturer/Pil...
 San Luis Obispo, CA
Winemaking and Production
 Assistant/Associate Pr...
 San Luis Obispo, CA
Vineyards
 Sales Representative -...
 Windsor, CA
Sales and Marketing
 
More Job Listings >>
Follow Us On:
 
 





Home  |  About Us  |  Editors  |  Subscribe  |  Print Edition  |  Digital Edition

Advertise  |  Site Map  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy
 
 
Copyright © 2001-2015 by Wine Communications Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
No material may be reproduced without written permission of the Publisher.
Wines&Vines does not assume any responsibility for any unsolicited manuscripts or materials.