This award honors Roger L. Mitchell, the former dean of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, to recognize those who elevate the College through collaboration and innovative thinking.
Mitchell was instrumental in conceiving the Bond Life Sciences Center and the Food for the 21st Century program. Food for the 21st Century would become a collaboration among four colleges and a top priority for the UM System and the state. The program focused on Missouri’s agricultural strengths and advanced the idea of research and biotechnology. During his tenure as dean, Mitchell restructured the College to become six divisions rather than 17 departments and oversaw the change in name from the MU College of Agriculture to the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources which reinforced the strength of the College as a collaborative and interdisciplinary entity.