Column Awards for Distinguished Alumni

The true measure of one’s College’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is known to develop leaders in many areas. Many CAFNR alums have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to Mizzou, and contributions to their community.


The purpose of the Column Award for Distinguished Alumni is to recognize CAFNR alumni who have made significant professional contributions and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Criteria for Selection

This distinction will be reflective of the University of Missouri’s core values—Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence. Each of the six divisions within CAFNR will identify one recipient who will be distinguished in at least one of the three areas outlined below:

Professional Achievement and Career: The recipient attained prominence through his or her efforts in agriculture, commerce, industry, education, government or other worthy endeavors that for a record of accomplishment impressive to the citizens of Missouri and the nation.

Service to Society: The recipient exhibits integrity and a demonstrated commitment to service through an interest in bettering the lives of others through volunteer efforts.

Service and Support to the University of Missouri: The recipient’s deeds and actions reflect the importance of his or her educational training, pride in alma mater as demonstrated through their interest and support of the University of Missouri, and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Nominations open to CAFNR Division Directors only.


2021: CAFNR Honors Exceptional Alumni: Six of the college’s outstanding alumni recognized at the 2021 Column Awards ceremony

2020: CAFNR Proud, Column Strong: 2020 Column Awards (virtually) honor six of the college’s distinguished alumni

2019: Honoring CAFNR’s Top Alumni: 2019 Column Awards given to six of the college’s alumni

2018: Columns of Pride: CAFNR recognizes six alumni with the college’s highest honor