Jackie Burns
Jackie Burns

Jackie Burns, director of the University of Florida' Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, has been named UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' dean for research.

Jack Payne, UF senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources, issued the brief announcement Sept. 22.

In a formal press release issued Sept. 23, Burns says she will work to invest in initiatives with regional, national and global impact that protect natural resources and related industries.

“IFAS has a significant base of established research expertise and creativity, with programs of renown,” she said in the release. “Although there are challenges ahead, these should be great opportunities for IFAS program leadership.”

Burns, who began her career at the university in 1987, reached the position of professor and has conducted research in fields, such as citrus abscission, harvesting and post-harvest physiology.

In addition to serving as director of the center in Lake Alfred, she served one year as director of the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee.

Burns received a doctorate in horticulture from Penn State University, and bachelor and masters degrees in horticulture from the University of Arkansas, according to her LinkedIn listing.

She will assume her new position on Nov. 1, replacing John Hayes who left for a position at Colorado State University.