The search is on for a successor for Texas Produce Association president John McClung.

The association is looking to hire a senior vice president, said Nicole Southwell, director of finance.

“We don’t have a vice president right now,” Southwell said. “They will be trained to take over for John after his retirement.”

McClung said he’s not firm on a retirement date. He said he scaled back his work week to three days a week last summer, but he’s committed to projects currently in development, such as the TPA’s Border Issues Management Program.

“ ... It’s going to be some time in the next six to eight months,” he said. “The board certainly understands and supports my staying here long enough to get BIMP up and running.”

McClung joined the association in 1999, succeeding Bill Weeks. He previously served as vice president of industry relations for the United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.