Nominations sought for Purdue's Hovde Award

August 8, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nominations are now being accepted for this year's Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, given annually to a member of the Purdue University faculty or staff with an outstanding record of educational service to rural Indiana.

Any active member of the faculty or staff is eligible for nomination. A person's contributions may have been in the classroom, in counseling, in research or through Extension.

"There are many faculty and staff members at Purdue whose exemplary work greatly improves the lives of the people of Indiana, and this award duly recognizes them for their commitment," said Chuck Hibberd, director of Purdue Extension. "We are certain that there are many individuals worthy of this honor."

Details about the award and how to nominate are available by contacting Becky Rice by email at

Nomination deadline is Sept. 14. Nominations must be submitted to Rice by email or by fax at 765-494-7420.

The recipient, to be selected by a university committee, will receive a cash prize of   $800 and a plaque. The winner's name also will be added to a permanent display in the Agricultural Administration Building on the West Lafayette campus.

The award, sponsored by the Indiana Farm Bureau, is named for Purdue's seventh president, who served from 1946 to 1971. The award has been given annually since 1972.

The 2011 recipient was Michael D. Boehlje, distinguished professor of agricultural economics, for his work in helping farmers and agribusinesses modernize their management strategies.

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Source: Chuck Hibberd, 765-494-8489,

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