Oregon Hazelnut Industry Endowed Professor

The Oregon Hazelnut Industry Endowed Professorship was established to strengthen the hazelnut research, Extension, and education capabilities at Oregon State University, benefiting the College of Agricultural Sciences and the hazelnut industry in Oregon. Through the E.R. Jackman board, OSU and industry officials created the Oregon Hazelnut Growers Professorship Committee, which began to raise the necessary funds. Support came from growers, processors, and industry organizations from all over the state, with many packers matching the gifts of growers.

Within a year, a significant amount had been given or pledged, including a $250,000 deferred gift. While funds were being raised to fully endow the professorship, the Oregon Hazelnut Commission, a longtime supporter of OSU hazelnut research, made an outright gift of up to $20,000 per year for five years to supplement earnings. The commission's generosity made it possible for the growing endowment to have an immediate effect.

The professorship, which is appointed by an oversight committee consisting of hazelnut industry representatives and academic leaders in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is designed to supplement but not replace existing state funding. Earnings support the research program of the selected professor.

 

Current Faculty Holder

Headshot of Shawn Mehlenbacher holding a yellow bowl of hazelnuts
Shawn Mehlenbacher