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Prof. Jean-Xavier Guinard appointed new AVP & Executive Director for UCEAP

Professor Jean-Xavier Guinard has been appointed the new Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director for the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), effective October 1, 2010. He is successor to Professor Michael Cowan, who served as UCEAP executive director for two years.

As Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director, Professor Guinard will manage the University of California’s systemwide study abroad program, which is based in Goleta, CA. He will have responsibility for all UCEAP programming, operations, faculty and staff in Goleta and overseas.

His appointment follows a nationwide search. Professor Guinard joins UCEAP from UC Davis (UCD), where he served as Associate Vice Provost for International Programs for the past three years. He also served as a Professor of Sensory Science in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UCD since 1994. While at UCD, Professor Guinard served as the UC Davis representative on the University Committee on International Education (UCIE) and as interim director of the UCD Quarter Abroad Program. He was a member of the joint UOIP and Academic Senate Task Force on Internationalizing the Curriculum, and co-chaired the joint UOEAP and Academic Senate Task Force on EAP Study Centers. In 2005 and 2006, he served as Study Center director of the UCEAP in Madrid, Spain.

Professor Guinard graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires, Nancy, France and holds degrees from the School of Law and Economics, University of Nancy, France and University of Paris VI, Paris, France. He holds an M.Sc. in food science/enology and a Ph.D in microbiology from UC Davis. Professor Guinard’s research and teaching focuses on sensory and consumer science.


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  1. Lowell Lewis December 8, 2010 Reply

    Congratulations Jean-Xavier,

    I have just learned of your appointment in Education Abroad. I am looking forward to discussing your interests especially in the Mediterranean countries.

    Lowell Lewis
    Professor Emeritus

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