Distinguished Agricultural Alumni - March 2007

The Distinguished Agricultural Alumni award honors mid-career Purdue Agriculture graduates who have made significant contributions to their profession or society in general and have a record of outstanding accomplishments.  Four Animal Sciences alumni were recognized by the College of Agriculture and the Department of Animal Sciences on March 2, 2007.

Christie S. Chavis
William J. Dull
Byron L. Ernest
John Madia

Christie S. Chavis, of St. Louis, MO, received her BS in animal sciences in 1992 and MS in growth and molecular biology in 1994. She is technology development and services lead for Monsanto Choice Genetics, focusing on producing livestock more efficiently and effectively. She also is an active member of the Indiana Department of Agriculture's Grow America Project to foster public understanding of modern agriculture.

William J. Dull, of Zionsville, IN, received his BS in agronomy and animal sciences in 1986. He is partner and director of sales and governmental relations for Briar Teck Inc. This company manufactures ORCA, a man overboard alarm system, and is currently working with the US Navy to install the ORCA system on every US Navy vessel.

Byron L. Ernest, of Sheridan, IN, received his BS in agricultural education and animal sciences in 1985 and MS in agricultural education in 1987. He is head of the agricultural science and business department for the Lebanon Community School Corp. He also is co-owner of Hopeful Farmers, where he breeds and races thoroughbreds and produces value-added hay for racehorses.

John Madia, of Carmel, IN, received his BS in animal sciences in 1978. He is vice president for human resources and site operations for the Dow Chemical Co. He received the Dow Chemical Genesis Award for Excellence in People Development in 1999. The honor recognizes employees who display excellence in developing people at all levels of the organization.

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