Kevin Severns, a grower and general manager of Orange Cove-Sanger Citrus Association, has been elected board chairman of Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual.

It’s a one-year term.

Severns has served on the board since 2007, most recently as vice chairman.

He’s also a board member at Sunkist Growers and vice chairman of the management committee for the industry-funded Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program.

Severns is a former director of the Citrus Research Board.

He has represented the California citrus industry on various issues on trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

“He is undoubtedly an asset to the California Citrus Mutual Board and an exemplary leader for the California citrus industry,” California Citrus Mutual president Joel Nelsen said in a news release.

The trade association has 2,200 grower members who represent 75% of California’s 275,000-acre, $2 billion citrus industry.