National search under way for horticultural leader
By MITCH LIES
Several personnel switches have been made at Oregon State University, officials say.
Anita Azarenko has left her position as head of the College of Agricultural Sciences horticultural department to take an associate dean position with the OSU Graduate School.
The college is conducting a national search to fill the horticultural department position, said Bill Boggess, executive associate dean of the agricultural college.
In the interim, Bill Braunworth, an extension program leader, has been named head of the horticultural department. He is continuing in his former position and working with Russ Karow, head of the Crop and Soil Sciences Department, and Mike Borman, head of Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, in performing Azarenko's former duties.
In Coos County, extension agent Linda White is leaving to take a position at the Oregon Department of Agriculture. White, who has been at OSU since April 1, 2006, starts in her new position as ODA pesticide outreach specialist Oct. 8.
"It was a hard decision to make," White said about leaving the extension service.
White is the sole agent working on cranberry crops in Oregon.
"We're committed to figuring out what is feasible," Boggess said, when asked if the college plans to replace White.
Also, former Marion County Extension agent Tom Silberstein now is working for the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas County Extension Service.
Silberstein worked as a Marion County field crops agent from 2005 to July 1, 2012. His departure leaves the mid-Willamette and south-Willamette valley without a field crops extension agent.
College administrators are looking to fill the south valley position, according to Boggess.