Nominees for Purdue's Hovde Award sought

July 29, 2013  

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 Purdue Extension.

"Faculty and staff members at Purdue who have been honored with this award greatly improved the lives of the rural people of Indiana through exemplary work, commitment and service," said Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension. "It is important that Purdue recognizes one of its own for such outstanding dedication, and we look forward to recognizing yet another nominee who has demonstrated excellence in service to the state of Indiana."

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

Nomination deadline is Sept. 13. Nominations must be submitted to Rice by email or by fax at 765-494-7420.

The recipient 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 2012 recipient was Fred Whitford, a chemicals and transportation specialist who coordinates Purdue Pesticide Programs.

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Source: Jason Henderson, 765-494-8489,

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