Woodson and Pate Named 2021-22 Outstanding Alumni by Bumpers College


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Randy Woodson (left, horticulture) and Michael Pate (agricultural education and farming systems technology management) have been named Outstanding Bumpers College Alumni.

Randy Woodson and Michael Pate have been named Outstanding Alumni 2021-22 by Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the U of A.

Woodson is the Outstanding Alumnus and Pate is the Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Bumpers College Alumni Society.

They will be honored at separate events on campus, including an awards ceremony and reception, interactions with students from various classes, lunches and/or meetings with select student groups, dinner with college stakeholders and administrators and other activities.

Woodson will be the guest of a campus-wide Q&A session in the Honors College Lounge on Friday, March 18. The session, moderated by Professor Emeritus of Horticulture John Clark, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is open to all. on the campus.

Pate will be a guest speaker at the start of Bumpers College on Friday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. at Barnhill Arena.

Randy Woodson

Woodson is the chancellor of North Carolina State University, where he oversees the state’s largest university with more than 37,000 students and an annual budget of $1.8 billion. He enhanced NC State’s reputation as a preeminent research institution and oversaw several transformative changes, including the opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus, the launch of the College of Sciences, and the completion of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

Woodson led the development of the university’s “Pathway to the Future” strategic plan, which aligned NC State for greater efficiency, greater effectiveness, and most importantly, greater student success. NC State consistently ranks among the top values ​​in higher education, according to Princeton Review, by Kiplinger and US News and World Report.

He has extensive experience as a member of faculty and university administration and has earned a reputation for building consensus over his 30-year career in higher education. Woodson moved to NC State from Purdue University, where he served as executive vice president for academic affairs.

Woodson is an internationally renowned plant molecular biologist specializing in the reproductive processes of agricultural crops.

He received his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Alberta, as well as his master’s and doctoral degrees. degrees in plant physiology from Cornell University.

He and his wife, Susan, have three children.

Michel Pate

Pate is an associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University. In the Department of Applied Science, Technology and Education, he focuses on agricultural systems technology and agricultural safety and health.

He coordinates the Agricultural Systems Technology undergraduate degree program, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, acts as a faculty advisor/mentor, and as a co-advisor to the AgTech club while conducting research. agricultural systems technology research with emphasis on agricultural health and safety intervention. Evaluation.

Pate also served as an Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health with the National Insurance Endowed at Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

He taught agricultural education at Westside High School (2005) and Springdale Har-Ber High School (2007), and science at Farmington High School (2006) in Arkansas.

Pate has secured funding through grants and contracts worth over $2 million, and he is currently President of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health.

He was a member of ISASH Board of Trustees, Chairman of ISASH Traffic and Transportation Issues Committee, Chairman of Research and Extension Committee of Activity 197 on Education and Extension of north-central, committee chair of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Engineering Technology and Management Education. , and as editor-in-chief of Journal of Agricultural Safety and Healthamong many others.

A graduate of Fayetteville High School, he enrolled at the U of A in 2000 and earned his bachelor’s degree (Summa cum laude, 2003) in Agricultural Education, Communication, and Technology with a concentration in Agricultural Education and a minor in agricultural systems technology management. He earned his M.A. (2005) from the U of A and his Ph.D. (2009) from Iowa State University, both in agricultural education.

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