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Recent Accomplishments

AAEC congratulates members of the AAEC family on the accomplishments listed below.

Awards and Achievements

    2019

  • Kevin Boyle honored as AAEA Fellow, recipient of CALS' Faculty Alumni Engagement Award, Published in Science Magazine (third time in 12-month period)
  • Dick Crowder selected as Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Distinguished Alumni, inductee to the Virginia Academy of Faculty Leadership, Reappointed C.G. Thornhill Professor of Agricultural Trade
  • Kim Morgan received Outstanding Teaching of a Course Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Reappointed Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow

    2018

Retirements

  • Lex Bruce retired after 12 years of service
  • Gordon Groover retired this fall after 35 years of service
  • James Pease retired this summer after 30 years of service
  • Leon Geyer retired this spring after 37 years of service

CALS Alumni Awardees

2019:

  • MG Thompson selected as Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Distinguished Alumni
  • Katie Frazier to be honored with AAEC’s Distinguished Alumni in Industry/Government Award at this year’s CALS’ Alumni Celebration
  • Dixie Dalton to be honored with AAEC’s Distinguished Alumni in Academia Award at this year’s CALS’ Alumni Celebration
  • Megan Dickhans to be honored with AAEC’s Recent Alumni in Academia Award at this year’s CALS’ Alumni Celebration for her dedication to teaching in the college
  • Greg Glenn to be honored with AAEC’s Recent Alumni in Industry/Government Award at this year’s CALS’ Alumni Celebration for his commitment to teaching current CALS and AAEC students

2018:

Other Alumni Achievements

2019:

  • Katie Frazier promoted to Chief Marketing & External Affairs Officer at Farm Credit of the Virginias after 9 months at Farm Credit
  • John Whitley, 1996 graduate of the department confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next assistant secretary of the Army (financial management and comptroller)
  • Sarah McKay, a graduate of AAEC’s master’s program and COINS’ first graduate fellow, was promoted to director of Market Development at the National Corn Growers Association
  • Keely Bushby, 2018 AAEC graduate became an Associate Brand Manager for Utz Snacks
  • Matt Lohr, a Virginia Tech alumnus with a minor in Agricultural Economics was appointed Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

2018:

 

Undergraduate

2019:

  • Zach Jacobs traveled to Kansas City on scholarship to advocate for agriculture as an American Royal Scholar, participated in the Agriculture Future of America’s Food Institute
  • Margaret Benson participated in the Agriculture Future of America’s Food Institute
  • Ben Garber selected as AAEC Outstanding Senior, top Three Finalist for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2019 Outstanding Senior, invited to speak at CALS Donor Appreciation Banquet

2018:

Graduate

2019:

  • Namhoon Kim received the Robert O. Herrmann Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Council on Consumer Interests
  • Yanliang Yang and Chaoping Xie defended their dissertations

2018:

  • Alexis Villacis-Aveiga received fellowship to attend 2018 Future Leaders Forum by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development and a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon
  • Mina Hejazi defended her dissertation and accepted a position at Chico State university
  • Namhoon Kim and Ling Yu defended their dissertations
  • Yuri Woo, Jaifeng Zhu, Muntasir Hasan, Sydni Jackson, Wesley Johnson, and Tyler Neff defended their theses

 

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Jillian Broadwell
jbroad@vt.edu

 


 

 

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