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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 programming faculty, staff, partners and collaborators 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

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 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

2020: Matthew Pezold

2019: Jill Hathaway

2018: Lynette Sledge Watson

2017: Isabel Eisenhauer

2016: Rebecca L. Gubbels

2015: Chrystal Dawn Irons

2014: Larry Nelson Dill

2013: Rebecca Rose Nace

2012: James R. Gann

2011: Chris Vincent Thompson

2010: Richard Dale Proffer

2009: Gregory D. Tucker

2008: Kevin Wilson

2006: Wendy Harrington

2005: Donna Marie Porch