Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named David Stimpson, who has spent the past 20 years working in seed science and technology for Dow AgroSciences, as its new Seed Laboratory manager.
Stimpson will start in his new position July 29.
He replaces Adriel Garay, who retired Dec. 31 after 19 years as the lab’s manager.
Dan Curry, director of seed services for OSU, said he has known Stimpson for 15 years through their participation in the society of Commercial Seed Technologists. Stimpson currently is vice president of the organization and is in line to be its president next year.
“He is a good guy,” Curry said. “A lot of people are telling me, ‘You picked the right person.’ We feel pretty good about it.”
“Dave has extensive experience in seeds, seed industry development, seed physiology, seed analysis and commercial seed quality and compliance,” said Jay Noller, head of the college’s Crop and Soil Science Department.
Curry, who has been serving as interim director of the lab since Garay’s retirement, said he is anxiously awaiting Stimpson’s arrival.
“My arms are open for Dave to get here,” Curry said. “We need a full-time manager, and we are really happy that Dave has decided to take the job.
“He is the right person, and we are anxious for him to get started,” Curry said.
Curry said the college conducted an international search to fill the position.