James Kennedy to lead Fresno State University wine program
Central Valley Business Times
July 15, 2010
James Kennedy, an internationally known grape and wine chemist and research manager from the Australian Wine Research Institute, has been named chairman of the Viticulture and Enology Department and director for the Viticulture and Enology Research Center at California State University, Fresno.
Mr. Kennedy will join the Fresno State faculty for the fall semester, says Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. He succeeds Robert Wample, who retired in 2009.
“Dr. Kennedy’s experience and ability to work closely with the grape and wine industry in the San Joaquin Valley, state, and throughout the world will be an important factor as he builds upon the foundation achieved by our faculty, staff and students,” says Mr. Boyer.
Originally from California, Mr. Kennedy earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental chemistry at the University of California, Davis, where he also completed coursework in viticulture and enology.
He held faculty and research positions at Oregon State University before joining the Australian Wine Research Institute, where he managed numerous research grants and programs involving wine chemistry, enology and viticulture. He has been published numerous times in refereed journals.