After an international search, Professor Jean-Xavier Guinard, PhD, MSc, has been appointed the new associate vice provost and executive director for the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP).
The post is effective October 1, 2010.
Guinard will manage the systemwide study abroad program of the University of California based in Goleta, California, with responsibility for all UC EAP programming, operations, faculty and staff in Goleta and overseas.
Since 1962, the UC EAP has been the systemwide international exchange program. Serving all ten campuses, EAP supports the mission of the University of California through instructional activities and exchange relationships around the world. Currently, EAP operates in 30 countries with nearly 250 program options that provide diverse learning opportunities and partner with top-ranked universities, institutes, and faculty around the globe.
Guinard comes to UC EAP from UC Davis, where he has served for the past three years as associate vice provost for International Programs and since 1994 as a professor of sensory science in the Department of Food Science and Technology. He brings an understanding of and a profound commitment to education abroad at both systemwide and campus levels, as well as demonstrated programmatic and administrative leadership.
During his tenure at UC Davis, Guinard served as the UC Davis representative on the University Committee on International Education (UCIE) and as interim director of the UC Davis 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 University of California’s EAP in Madrid, Spain.
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 earned an MSc degree in Food Science/Enology and a PhD degree in Microbiology from UC Davis. Guinard’s research and teaching focuses on sensory and consumer science.