WSU Changes Tree Fruit Center Leadership

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University says a change in leadership at its Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Wenatchee, will strengthen horticultural education.

Superintendent Don Elfving is stepping down and Entomologist Jay Brunner will become interim superintendent, effective Nov. 17. The change was announced today by James Zuiches, dean of the WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

“The college is committed to strengthening the teaching of tree fruit management and horticulture courses at Wenatchee. Don will be part of the instructional team, between WSU and Wenatchee Valley College,” Zuiches said.

“His assignment will be primarily teaching pomology and tree fruit management in the joint WSU-WVC program, beginning in the spring 1998 semester. Elfving also will contribute to the Hispanic worker education program. I also expect him to develop a research activity in cooperation with other faculty,” Zuiches said.

Brunner will be responsible for implementation of the center’s strategic plan. The plan includes identifying appropriate land for new research orchards and improving the center’s green house facilities.

Elfving served as superintendent for four and a half years. Brunner has been on the WSU faculty since 1978.

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