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CRDF Accepting Applications for Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Cooper Citrus, Industry News Release

The Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) has launched a search for its next chief operating officer (COO).

citrus researchLocated at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, the CRDF is a direct support organization of the University of Florida. This not-for-profit corporation was established to support Florida’s citrus industry through science, outreach and technological innovation. It receives funding from state sources, including box taxes from the citrus industry, as well as federal and private industry to seek solutions.

“As the Florida citrus industry battles citrus greening and other production challenges, the mission of CRDF is more important than ever,” said Larry Black, chairman of the CRDF board of directors. “For this position, we are looking for someone who can partner with UF/IFAS leadership and foster continued collaboration among researchers, industry leaders and stakeholders.”

The COO will be responsible for coordinating, overseeing and reviewing CRDF programs and day-to-day business operations. He or she will report to Jack Payne, UF senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources, and to the CRDF board of directors on the progress of all research, education and Extension initiatives.

“The person in this position will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the future of citrus in Florida. I’m confident that the search committee will find a candidate who is passionate about leading a united front in the struggle against citrus greening,” Payne said.

Potential candidates can find a detailed job description, requirements and application on the UF careers website. Review of the applicants will begin May 11.

For questions or more information, please contact interim CRDF COO John Arthington ( or the CRDF website at

By: Samantha Grenrock, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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