Nominations sought for 2015 Hovde Award of Excellence

July 1, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension is accepting nominations for the 2015 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, given to a Purdue University faculty or staff member who has contributed to the improvement of rural Indiana. 

Any active faculty or staff member is eligible. A person may have made a contribution through the classroom, counseling, research or Extension.

“Forging powerful and purposeful connections to Indiana’s rural communities is fundamental to Purdue’s mission as a land-grant university,” said Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension and associate dean in the College of Agriculture. “We always look forward to presenting the Hovde Award to one of Purdue’s own for their outstanding commitment and exceptional support for the people of Indiana.”

Nomination deadline is Sept. 8 at noon EDT. Nomination packets should be sent to Ruth Ann Weiderhaft by email at, fax at 765-494-7420 or mail to the Dean of Agriculture, 615 West State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053. Additional information is available by contacting Weiderhaft by email.  

The award winner will receive an $800 cash prize and a plaque. A permanent display of award winners’ names is in the Agricultural Administration Building at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.

The award, sponsored by the Indiana Farm Bureau Inc., was created in appreciation of Purdue’s seventh president, who served from 1946 to 1971. The award has been given annually since 1972.

Nomination forms and guidelines are at

The 2014 award recipients were Purdue Extension educators Mary Ann Lienhart Cross and Lonnie Mason

Writer: Aspen Deno, 765-496-2384, 

Source: Jason Henderson, 765-494-8489,

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