IANR celebrates distinguished faculty

Pictured are faculty who were honored as new awardees of professorships or chairs conferred within the past 18 months. (Credit: Loren Rye)

September 18, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln recognized the 43 faculty members who currently hold a named professorship or chair during a celebration Sept. 13 at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln.

Nine faculty were honored as new awardees of professorships or chairs conferred within the past 18 months. The benefactors of the awards, many of whom were in attendance, were also celebrated during the event.

“Support for our faculty and the important work they do each day is made possible because of the generous support of our benefactors,” said Brian Hastings, President and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation. “Endowed professorships and chairs are one of the strongest incentives the university has for recruiting, retaining and rewarding distinguished individuals in all academic and research areas.”

Funds given by donors and managed by the NU Foundation enabled the university to provide awards to nearly 400 faculty members across the university system during 2018-19. Together, these awards totaled nearly $7 million dollars. The benefits of these endowed funds make it possible for faculty to support new teaching projects, allocate seed money for research, purchase essential equipment, provide opportunities for students and more.

“We have wonderful faculty at IANR, and those we’re recognizing tonight are among our best,” said IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor Mike Boehm. “It’s important for us to get together to celebrate our talented faculty members and to say thank you once again to those who have so generously provided endowed faculty support.”

IANR’s newly honored distinguished faculty are:

  • Azzeddine Azzam, Roy and Judy Frederick Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • John Beghin, Michael Yanney Chair of International Trade and Finance
  • Tami Brown-Brandl, Dr. William E. and Eleanor L. Splinter Chair in Biological Systems Engineering
  • Lilyan Fulginiti, Roy and Judy Frederick Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Soo-Young-Hong, Alan T. Seagren Professorship in Education
  • Mary Ann Johnson, J.S. Tintsman Professor
  • Oleh Khalimonchuk, Susan J. Rosowski Professorship
  • Harkamal Walia, Heuermann Chair of Agronomy
  • Mark Wilkins, Nebraska Corn Checkoff Presidential Chair

A newly established professorship fund, the Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Jolene Ward Professor of Soil Health and Sciences, was also announced at the event. Until it’s fully funded and awarded, annual income from the fund will support the UNL Soil Judging Team and soil sciences programs as they relate to nutrient management concerning food production and water. The future recipient of the professorship will work within the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and hold an appointment in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. 

Jessie Brophy
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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