2008 Outstanding Teacher: Brad Fresenburg
If you have a question about turfgrass, Brad Fresenburg is the only person that you need to see. Fresenburg received his Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture, his Master of Science in Agronomy, and his Masters in Business Administration from MU. His Ph.D. dissertation discussed Allelopathic Effects of Perennial Ryegrass on Bermudagrass Athletic Fields.
In 1987 to 1990 he was employed by MU as a research specialist and established and maintained turfgrass research trials at the MU Turfgrass Research facility. From 1990 to 2000 as a research associate, he supervised multi-disciplinary turfgrass field research and related personnel. From 2000 to present he is a MU extension/research associate and state turfgrass specialist.
Fresenburg serves as a faculty advisor to the Missouri Turf and Ornamental Council and the student chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association. He is an academic advisor to the Sports Turf Managers Association-Gateway, MoKAN and Ozarks chapters. He is a member of the MU Plant Protection Program Advisory Board.
In 2002 he received the Frederick B. Mumford Outstanding Faculty Award from CAFNR, the College’s highest award. In 2007 he received the Division of Plant Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award.
"While I consider myself lucky to have seen Brad as a great father and husband away from campus, I feel equally as fortunate to have personally known him as a great educator, researcher, student, consultant, and most importantly, as a friend," said Justin Scott, manager of grounds keeping for the Kansas City Royals Baseball club. "Brad is extremely capable of succeeding in many roles simultaneously."
"BRAD’S WILLINGNESS TO MENTOR STUDENTS IS EXEMPLIFIED BY THE NUMBER OF UNDERGRADUATES DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN HIS EXTENSION AND RESEARCH PROGRAMS AT THE TURF FARM. NOT ONLY DO THESE STUDENTS GET ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH BRAD, THEY GAIN AMAZING INSIGHT INTO RESEARCH AND WHY SCIENCE MATTERS. BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES THEY’VE HAD, NUMEROUS STUDENTS HAVE DECIDED TO GO ON TO GRADUATE SCHOOL—SEVERAL OF WHOM ‘DIDN’T REALLY LIKE SCHOOL!’ WHAT A TESTAMENT TO BRAD FRESENBURG’S ROLE AS A TEACHER AND MENTOR."
— Mary Ann Gowdy, assistant professor in Plant Sciences and recipient
of a William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching