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Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award


The Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership in providing educational programs that support the economic viability of Missouri firms.


Associated Industries of Missouri presents a symbol of recognition.


University of Missouri and Lincoln University campus and regional faculty and professional staff members with a 50 percent extension appointment are eligible. Members of the immediate administrative staff of the vice chancellor for extension, regional directors, campus extension administrators and members of the Fellowship and Awards Committee are not eligible.


Nominees are evaluated on:

  • Recognized competence and leadership by Missouri industries.
  • Demonstration of their interest and ability to assist firms in finding solutions to their problems.
  • Established identity as providing quality information and educational programs.
  • Success in providing information on opportunities, plans, activities and progress to interested parties.
  • Effectiveness in establishing relationships with firms, organizations, legislators and civic groups.

Nominations and selection

County extension councils, extension faculty and staff members, manufacturers or other agencies may nominate an individual specialist

Nominations for the 2020 awards will be accepted May 18 — August 10. Nominators will be directed through a simple form consisting of brief text fields, drop-down selection boxes, and a single description of why your nominee is deserving of the award. Note: Nominator name and contact information are not required fields; you may nominate anonymously or self-nominate.

Nominees are automatically requested to complete an electronic application form, and references will then be contacted for a simple statement of support as part of the final selection process. This is a simple, rolling, multi-step process and each nomination proceeds independently of all others.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Tippie Greene. For award-specific questions, please email [email protected].

Nominations are reviewed by the Fellowship and Awards Committee appointed by the vice chancellor for extension and engagement. The committee — composed of representatives of UMEA, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the University of Missouri campuses and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement — makes recommendations to the vice chancellor and president of Associated Industries of Missouri, who makes the final selection.

Award location

The award will be presented at University of Missouri Extension's Annual Conference or its equivalent.

Award recipients

2019 Jill Hathaway 2012 James R. Gann
2018 Lynette Sledge Watson 2011 Chris Vincent Thompson
2017 Isabel Eisenhauer 2010 Richard Dale Proffer
2016 Rebecca L. Gubbels 2009 Gregory D. Tucker
2015 Chrystal Dawn Irons 2008 Kevin Wilson
2014 Larry Nelson Dill 2006 Wendy Harrington
2013 Rebecca Rose Nace 2005 Donna Marie Porch