Ag Alumni Awards

Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award is to recognizes and honors graduates for their outstanding leadership and significant contributions in their career, public service or volunteer activities.

Each year, our recipients are recognized at reception hosted by the LSU College of Agriculture and the LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association.

2021 Award Winners

Nominate an alumni

The recipient shall:

  • Have shown outstanding leadership and significant contributions in their career, public service, and/or volunteer activities.
  • Possess integrity, stature and demonstrated ability that merits the recognition of a proven leader in his/her chosen field.
  • Have a record of outstanding personal and professional accomplishments.
  • Have demonstrated interest in the College of Agriculture.

  • All nominees must hold a degree from LSU College of Agriculture (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate).
  • Posthumous nominations are welcomed.

Nominations are accepted from any alumnus, friend of the College of Agriculture and/or faculty or staff member in the college and LSU AgCenter.
It is strongly encouraged that you include the following items in the nomination packet:
  • Nomination Letter (2 page limit).
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or resume to include business, public service and professional honors and awards; noteworthy research, publications or professional business accomplishments.
  • Letter of Support/Recommendation, nominators are encouraged to submit up to three (3) letters of support (two-page maximum).

Applications for 2022 Outstanding Alumni Nominations will open in spring 2022.

Early Career Alumni Award

The Early Career Alumni Award is to recognize and honor graduates for their outstanding leadership and significant contributions early in their career, public service and volunteer activities.

Each year, award recipients are recognized at a reception hosted by the LSU College of Agriculture and the LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association.

2021 Award Winners

Nominate an alumni

The recipient shall:

  • Have shown outstanding leadership and significant contributions in their career, public service, and/or volunteer activities.
  • Possess integrity, stature and demonstrated ability that merits the recognition of a proven leader in his/her chosen field.
  • Have a record of outstanding personal and professional accomplishments.
  • Have demonstrated interest in the College of Agriculture.

  • All nominees must hold a degree from LSU College of Agriculture (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate).
  • All nominees must be under the age of 40.

Nominations are accepted from any alumnus, friend of the College of Agriculture, or faculty or staff member in the college and LSU AgCenter.
It is strongly encouraged that you include the following items in the nomination packet:

  • Nomination Letter (2 page limit).
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or resume to include business, public service and professional honors and awards; noteworthy research, publications or professional business accomplishments.
  • Letter of Support/Recommendation, nominators are encouraged to submit up to three (3) letters of support (two-page maximum).

Applications for 2022 Early Career Alumni Nominations will open in spring 2022.


Past Award Recipients

Outstanding Alumni Award

  • Kenneth Gravois
    • BS in crop science, '81
    • MS in plant breeding, '83
    • PhD in plant breeding' '88
  • Steve Peirce
    • BS in agricultural economics, '80

  • Rogers Leonard
  • David Wilson

  • Luke Laborde
    • BS in agronomy, '76
    • PhD in wildlife management, '14
  • Julie Richard
    • PhD, '09

  • Reynold Minsky
  • Jerry Peters

  • Major General Glenn Curtis
  • Sterling Francis "Fran" DeVille

  • Jeff Hughes, Jr.
  • Jim Simon 

  • Dorothy Howell
  • Milton "Mickey" Reese, Jr.

  • Senator Bret Allain
  • Roger Carter

  • Fatemeh Malekian
  • Suzanne Perron

  • Kenneth Paxton
  • Ray Young

  • Dale K. Pollet
  • Larry J. Fontenot

  • David G. Morrison
  • Gerald “Gerry” Dill

  • William W. “Bill” Russell, Jr.
  • Harold C. Lambert

  • Albert J. Ortego, Jr.
  • David B. Means, III.

  • Kenneth Roberts
  • Peggy Laborde

  • Rosa M. Dunn
  • John Dupre’

  • Jose’ Armador
  • R. Ernest Girouard

  • Neva Olsen
  • Donald Welge

  • Kenneth W. Tipton
  • Leo J. Guedry

  • Ganelle Bullock
  • F.N. Fairbanks

  • Alvin Bertrand
  • Dennis McCloskey

  • Beth Reames
  • Jack Jones

  • Benjamin Legendre
  • Kenneth Rodrigue

  • Jon Lowe

  • Gene Smith
  • Laura Dauzat

  • Ruth Patrick
  • Ronnie Anderson

  • Ruben Dauzat
  • Jacob “Jake” Schales

  • Lee Berwick
  • Joe Burns

  • H. Rouse Caffey

  • Weldon Nipper
  • Lee Mason

  • Doyle Chambers
  • Lucien Laborde

  • Norman Efferson
  • James Graugnard

Early Career Alumni Award

  • Jeremy Hendrix
    • BS in animal sciences with a concentration in science and technology, '04
  • Rebecca Melanson
    • MS in plant health with a concentration in plant pathology, '11
    • PhD in plant health with a concentration in plant pathology, '14

  • Marshall Hardwick

  • Andrew Alvis
  • Matthew Braud

  • Tara Smith

  • Melissa Siebert

  • Colorado Robertson

  • Mike Kaller