Wine leader steps aside

Contributed photo Neil Shay is the new director of the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University. He is a professor and chair of the food science and human nutrition department at the University of Florida. He will start his new job on Aug. 15.

The first director of Oregon State University's Wine Research Institute will step down this summer to return to full-time research and teaching.

Neil Shay came to OSU in 2010 as director of the institute and a professor of food science. Previously, he was a professor and chair of the food science and nutrition department at the University of Florida.

He will continue as director of the institute while the university searches for a successor.

"We appreciate his service as the institute's first director," said Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Shay will maintain a laboratory, continue teaching at OSU and continue serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Nutrition, a high-ranking experimental nutrition research journal.

"Given the alignment of much of his research interest with grapes and wine, I expect he will make important additional contributions as a member of the institute's scientific team," Ramaswamy said.

Ramaswamy is leaving this spring to become director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Oregon Wine Research Institute was established in 2007 as a partnership between Oregon's wine industry, state government and OSU's colleges of agricultural sciences and business.

As director, Shay led the hiring process for two new OSU faculty members, one each in viticulture and enology.

-- Mitch Lies

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