2015 & 2016 Distinguished Agricultural Alumni
The Distinguished Agriculture Alumni award recognizes Purdue Agriculture alumni who have achieved outstanding accomplishments, made significant contributions to their professions or to society in general, and exhibit high potential for future professional growth.
"Our distinguished alumni are terrific examples of what Purdue Agriculture graduates achieve every year farmers, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs and business executives who become leaders in their fields," said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. "We are very proud of each of them and what they have accomplished to this point in their careers. And we are even more excited about what they will yet accomplish."
YDAE was represented in 2015 by Dale Griffin (BS 1981 and '83, M.S. '85) of Cutler, Indiana. Mr. Griffin has been an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Rossville High School in Clinton County since 1986, teaching nearly 3,000 students during his 29-year career.
Dr. Dexter Wakefield (M.S. 1988, Ph.D. 2001) was selected as a 2016 DAA. He is an assistant professor of agricultural education and mechanics at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.