Bill Shane named SWMREC interim coordinator

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Bill Shane has agreed to be interim center coordinator of the MSU Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) in Benton Harbor, effective April 1, 2016.

Shane is an MSU researcher and Extension tree fruit specialist with primary emphasis on peaches, apples, pears, plums and cherries. He has been conducting fruit research at SWMREC since 2002. He replaces Tom Zabadal, who will devote himself full-time to grape research and Extension.

Shane received a bachelor’s degree in botany and plant pathology from MSU, a master’s in plant pathology from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota.

After starting his career as an assistant professor at Ohio State University, he came to work as an MSU Extension district educator in 1992.

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