COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Perry L. Adkisson of College Station, chancellor emeritus and distinguished professor emeritus of The Texas A&M University System, has been named an outstanding leader in agriculture by Alpha Zeta, agriculture’s professional fraternity.
The award recognizes those who are considered innovative and progressive in their fields. A total of 100 local, national or international leaders who are Alpha Zeta members and 100 who are not Alpha Zeta members were recognized during the Centennial celebration of the fraternity. This is the first year for the awards.
Others from Texas who were recognized were Dr. Ellen Jordan of Dallas, dairy specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Fred R. Behrenburg of McKinney, vice president of Bridgepoint Communications, Frederick D. McClure of Dallas, senior vice president of Public Strategies Inc. and Del Deterling, of Dallas, executive editor of Progressive Farmer magazine.
Adkisson’s research accomplishments have made him internationally known in the area of insect pest management and crop protection. Prior to assuming his present positions, Adkisson was the chancellor of the A&M System and during his long career has served as deputy chancellor, vice president for agriculture and renewable resources and head of the Department of Entomology.
He also has received the Wolf Prize, Alexander von Humboldt award, the Award of Distinction in recognition of outstanding services in plant protection at the XIII International Congress of Plant Protection, the American Agricultural Editors Association award for oustanding contributions to American agriculture, and the Distinguished Scientist of the Year award from the Texas Academy of Sciences.
Adkisson holds a doctor of philosophy degree in entomology from Kansas State University and has a master’s degree in agronomy and bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture from the University of Arkansas. He was a postdoctoral at Harvard University.
The honor roll members were honored during the Centennial Celebration on Aug. 7-10 on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.