Mumford Awards

CAFNR’s prestigious award, the Mumford, recognizes an outstanding faculty member, an outstanding staff member and someone who has given the College distinguished service. The award is named after Frederick B. Mumford, the College’s fifth dean, who served in the position from 1909 to 1938.

Nominations & Submissions

This award recognizes a College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty member for a sustained record of excellence in teaching, research and/or Extension/outreach.

The awardee will demonstrate enthusiasm for and excellence in teaching, be a caring mentor and viewed as an exemplary educator by both students and faculty.

The awardee will be recognized both on campus and externally for the quality and value of their research. This person will be successful with grants, conduct interdisciplinary research, and contribute to the growth of knowledge and betterment of society in Missouri and beyond.

In Extension/outreach, the awardee will be recognized for innovation, program excellence and effectiveness, and be an outstanding communicator who collaborates with field faculty in program delivery.

Full-time faculty members who have been employed by the College for at least five years may be nominated. Selection is based upon the quality and evidence of outstanding abilities, performance, character, and commitment to the land-grant philosophy.

Nominations & Submissions

Annual Deadline: March 1

Submit nominations in a single PDF attachment via email to Teresa Davis at DavisTL@missouri.edu. Name the file as: Year_Mumford_LastFirstName (e.g., 2022_Mumford_TigerTruman). In the email subject line indicate Mumford Faculty Award Nomination.

  • Unsuccessful nominations may be updated and resubmitted in successive years.
  • Use 12 pt. font, 1” margins, and single space within paragraphs.

Nomination packets must include:

  • Nomination/cover letter providing examples of specific characteristics that qualify the person for this award (limited to one page).
  • Supporting letters (limited to four) that describe how the nominee’s teaching, research and/or Extension/outreach reflects the concept of science and education in service to the public as embodied in the land-grant philosophy and mission of the College (each letter limited to one page).
  • Nominee’s resume/curriculum vitae (limited to four pages and the last five years).

Questions? Contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean at 573-882-3752.

This award recognizes a College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources staff member for sustained excellence in executing assigned duties, and for their effectiveness in support of the mission of their unit and the College. The awardee will be innovative, cooperative, a leader among staff peers, and demonstrate personal growth and a drive for excellence in their position.

All benefit-eligible, non-academic staff members employed by the College for at least three years may be nominated. Selection will be based upon the quality and evidence of outstanding abilities, performance, character and commitment to the land-grant philosophy.

Nominations & Submissions

Annual Deadline: March 1

Submit nominations in a single PDF attachment via email to Teresa Davis at DavisTL@missouri.edu. Name the file as: Year_Mumford_LastFirstName (e.g., 2022_Mumford_TigerTruman). In the email subject line indicate Mumford Staff Award Nomination.

  • Unsuccessful nominations may be updated and resubmitted in successive years.
  • Use 12 pt. font, 1” margins, and single space within paragraphs.

Nomination packets must include:

  • Nomination/Cover Letter providing examples of specific characteristics that qualify this person for this award (limited to one page).
  • Supporting letters (limited to four), describing the nominee’s contributions to the division and/or College and evidence of the nominee’s commitment to the land-grant mission (each letter is limited to one page).

Questions? Contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean at 573-882-3752.

The award recognizes an alumnus or friend of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources who has contributed to the College through their support and involvement in the betterment of the College and its programs. The awardee will be a leader in their chosen field, and recognized by peers for excellence in their actions and leadership. The awardee will demonstrate commitment to helping the College achieve its goals of excellence in teaching, research and Extension/outreach.

Selection is based upon the quality and evidence of outstanding abilities, performance, character and commitment to the land-grant philosophy.

Nominations & Submissions

Annual Deadline: March 1

Submit nominations in a single PDF attachment via email to Teresa Davis at DavisTL@missouri.edu. Name the file as: Year_Mumford_LastFirstName (e.g., 2022_Mumford_TigerTruman). In the email subject line indicate Mumford Distinguish Service Award Nomination.

  • Unsuccessful nominations may be updated and resubmitted in successive years.
  • Use 12 pt. font, 1” margins, and single space within paragraphs.

Nomination packets must include:

  • Nomination/Cover Letter providing examples of specific characteristics that qualify this person for the award (limited to one page).
  • A summary describing the nominee’s contributions to the College and its programs, and to the broader community (limited to one page).
  • Supporting letters (limited to four) that describe the nominee’s abilities, performance, character and commitment to the land-grant philosophy (each letter is limited to one page).

Questions? Contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean at 573-882-3752.

Mumford Award Recipients

2023 Kathy Haynes
2023 Felix Fritschi
2022 Scott Peck-Faculty
2022 Greg Rotert-Staff
2021 Michelle Brooks-Staff
2019 Walter Gassmann-Faculty
2019 Laura Friedrich-Staff
2019 Harold Chapman-Distinguished Service
2018 Pat Guinan-Faculty
2018 Christa Smith-Staff
2018 Ed Turner-Distinguished Service
2017 Jerry Caulder-Distinguished Service
2017 Vicki Bryan-Staff
2017 David Emerich-Faculty
2016 Kristi Livingston-Staff
2016 Robin Wenneker-Distinguished Service
2016 Stephen H. Anderson-Faculty
2015 Deborah Lingle-Staff
2015 Bill Streeter-Distinguished Service
2015 Jim Schoelz-Faculty
2014 Tony Thorpe-Staff
2014 Morris Burger-Distinguished Service
2014 Michael Cook-Faculty
2013 Christy Copeland-Staff
2013 Pat Jones-Distinguished Service
2013 Randall S. Prather-Faculty
2012 Gary Stacey-Faculty
2012 Dale Ludwig-Distinguished Service
2012 Randall Smoot-Staff
2011 David James Patterson-Faculty
2011 Clark Ed Creed-Distinguished Service
2011 Stephanie Chipman-Staff
2010 Jeremy Taylor-Faculty
2010 Dudley Alexander-Distinguished Service
2010 James Hundle-Staff
2009 David Baker-Faculty
2009 Evelyn Lindell-Staff
2009 Caleb Davis-Distinguished Service
2008 Al McQuinn-Distinguished Service
2008 Jack Jones-Faculty
2008 Tim Reinbott-Staff
2007 Robert Sharp-Faculty
2007 Donna Vaught-Staff
2007 Lowell Miller-Distinguished Service
2006 Jinglu Tan-Faculty
2006 Beverly Spencer-Staff
2006 Kristin Perry-Distinguished Service
2005 Gene Garrett-Faculty
2005 Susan Lasley-Staff
2005 Bill Jackson-Distinguished Service
2004 Michael Nolan-Faculty
2004 Mary Ellen Roth-Staff
2004 Charlie Kruse-Distinguished Service
2003 Mike Smith-Faculty
2003 Christine Ireland-Staff
2003 David M. Haggard-Distinguished Service
2002 Kenneth Schneeberger-Faculty
2002 Anita Carter-Staff
2002 Christopher “Kit” Bond-Distinguished Service
2001 Bruce Bullock-Faculty
2001 Brad Fresenberg-Staff
2001 Jim Russell-Distinguished Service
2000 Michael Chippendale-Faculty
2000 Doug Ross-Staff
2000 Lowell Mohler-Distinguished Service
1999 Jake Fisher-Staff
1999 Larry Harper-Distinguished Service
1999 Daryl Hobbs-Faculty

About Frederick Blackmar Mumford

Professor Mumford teaches an early animal husbandry class.

A long-time dean, loved and respected by his faculty, and known to more farmers in the state of Missouri than any other University member in 1936 — Frederick Blackmar Mumford.

Missouri’s fifth dean was born May 1868 in Moscow, Michigan and was raised on a 400-acre farm. He was interested in an agricultural career, and enrolled at Albion College. After graduation, he became the assistant director of his school’s experiment station while he worked on his master’s degree. In 1895, he was summoned to a professorship at the University of Missouri; going from the foremost agricultural school in the country to a position at a school regarded somewhat as an orphan.

Mumford

Mumford was the College of Agriculture’s acting dean from 1903 to 1905 and in 1909 he formally became dean as well as the director of the Experiment Station. More than once the USDA publicly stated that more and better work was done in Missouri than at any other experiment station.

He began his work with the farmers by attending the farmers’ institutes, the accepted method of spreading agriculture knowledge in the 1890s. In 1913, he established the Extension Service with two county agents. By 1936 that number had increased to 250.

Mumford served on the State Board of Agriculture and for 16 years as chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of Land Grant Colleges.

Mumford retired in 1938 after serving the College of Agriculture for 43 years.