Joe Dillard, who received his master’s degree in 1965 in fish and wildlife conservation from Mizzou, received the True Tiger Volunteer Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11.
After earning his master of arts in fish and wildlife conservation from MU, Dillard, Columbia, Missouri, began his professional career with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) as a fisheries research biologist. He held numerous positions during his time with MDC, retiring in 1998 and then working part-time from 2000-12. He has served as a volunteer for the School of Natural Resources (SNR) since leaving MDC in 2012.
“Joe’s quiet diligence and motivation exemplify a spirit of excellence,” said Shibu Jose, interim associate dean in the office of research and extension in CAFNR. “We are very lucky to have his historical expertise as we look back and move forward in SNR. He just shows up and does the work, and his contributions to CAFNR and SNR will stand the test of time.”