Meullenet chosen as interim dean of Bumpers College

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JF Meullenet

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – JF Meullenet, a longtime professor and administrator of the UA System’s Division of Agriculture, has been selected as the acting dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, effective July 1, when the current Dean Deacue Fields will assume his new role as vice president for agriculture for the UA system.

“We are grateful to have someone with Meullenet’s background in research, teaching and administrative leadership to fill this important role for Bumpers College,” said Terry Martin, Acting Provost and Vice-Chancellor. for academic affairs. “His understanding of the impact of our academic mission, agricultural research, and service to the state will help ensure a smooth transition.”

Meullenet, who joined the Agriculture Division as an assistant professor of food science in 1996, will also continue to serve as senior associate vice president for agricultural research and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station for AU System Agriculture Division.

Meullenet also served as acting deputy director of the experimental station, head of the food science department, and director of the Institute of Food Science and Engineering.

“Dr. Meullenet has extensive administrative experience both at Bumpers College and as Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station,” said Chuck Culver, acting vice president of the system’s agriculture division. UA “He will do a masterful job of managing the important interrelationship between the two.”

Culver also serves as the division’s assistant vice president and director of external relations.

“Dr. Meullenet is the ideal candidate for the position of acting dean at this time, as we will be able to maintain the momentum we have gained in strengthening the relationship between the University of Arkansas and the Division of L agriculture to the UA system,” Fields said. “He brings a solid understanding and appreciation of the academic and research programs on campus and within UADA.”

As Acting Dean, Meullenet will handle all day-to-day functions of the Dean’s position. His current day-to-day responsibilities as Director of AES will be partially covered by Nathan Slaton, who will be elevated to Senior Associate Director, while Mary Savin, Deputy Director of AES, will assist with Special Initiatives.

“I am delighted to have been called to lead Bumpers College as Acting Dean. The college has followed a very positive trajectory under the leadership of Dean Fields, and I plan to ensure that continues during this interim period. I am grateful to Provost Martin for his confidence in me and to Acting UADA Vice President Chuck Culver, and soon to be Vice President Fields, for appreciating the partnership between the division and Bumpers College. .

Originally from France, Meullenet holds a master’s degree in food engineering from the National School of Agronomy and Food Sciences in Nancy and a doctorate. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia. He has published 117 articles in peer-reviewed journals and made over 150 presentations, in addition to advising numerous master’s and doctoral students.

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

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