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Susan Waters retiring from Vidalia Onion Committee

The Vidalia Onion Committee announced that Executive Director Susan Waters is retiring from the organization that oversees marketing, promotion and research for the popular sweet onion grown in the mild climate and unique soil conditions surrounding this south Georgia community. She had served as VOC executive director since 2013.Susan

Bob Stafford, the director of the Vidalia Onion Business Council, has been named interim executive director while the VOC launches a national search for Waters’ successor.

“We are very grateful and appreciative for Susan’s leadership over the past four years,” VOC Chairman Troy Bland said in a press release. “We are fortunate that Bob Stafford will be able to step in while we look for a new leader to handle the day-to-day operations of the committee.”

Waters joined the VOC seven years ago initially serving as the executive assistant to a former executive director before assuming the top role.

Stafford is a veteran agriculture industry executive having spent 34 years with various state departments of agriculture. He is a member of Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame and a member of the Georgia Agriculture Vidalia Onion Advisory panel.

The VOC launched its 2017 season April 12 and is celebrating the silver anniversary of the State of Georgia‘s ownership of the Vidalia onion trademark. The committee also launched a new marketing campaign, “Only Vidalia” to highlight the provenance of the Vidalia onion that has been hand crafted by grower artisans for more than 80 years in Georgia.