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USU Administrator Receives Governor's Medal for Science and Technology

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Ken White

Ken White, a leader in science and the new leader of the Utah State University College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, USU Extension and the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, was selected to receive the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology on January 15. White was chosen for the award by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for a demonstrated history of promoting the development of science and technology. He will receive the award with six others.


“I’m honored and humbled to receive the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology,” White said. “This is an acknowledgement of a body of my work that also acknowledges several colleagues and students who have been instrumental participants in these achievements. Receiving this award is also a recognition of their contributions, not only mine.”


White will be awarded in the academia category for creating an internationally recognized research program along with his role in establishing the USU School of Veterinary Medicine. Five other medal recipients will be recognized in the categories of science education, industry-individual, industry-company, government and special.


According to the website, this award is not given simply for scientific achievement. It is recognition of the complete impact a recipient has had on the state. Because of this, there are a number of specific requirements that each candidate must meet. With the Academia award, for example, a committee looks at the research activities, peer recognition and educator recognition of a faculty member or administrator at a higher education institution.


Writer: Allie Jeppson Jurkatis, allie.jeppson3@gmail.com

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