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Call for 2020 Hovde Award nominees

July 27, 2020

Purdue Extension is accepting nominations for the 2020 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, given annually to a member of Purdue University's faculty or staff who has displayed outstanding educational service to rural Indiana.

Any active member of Purdue's faculty and staff, including field staff, is eligible for the award. Nominees can serve any college, school, division or unit, whether at the West Lafayette campus or a regional campus.

"Rural communities are the foundation of our state, and service to those communities is the foundation of Purdue," said Karen Plaut, chair of the Hovde Award Committee and the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture. "It is an honor for us each year to recognize someone who is dedicated to serving Hoosiers."

The nomination deadline is noon (EDT) on Sept. 2. Nomination packets should be sent to Rebeka Frakes at or by fax to 765-494-7420. Additional information is available by contacting Frakes by email.

At least one – and no more than five – one-page letters of support must accompany the nomination form. Nomination forms and guidelines are available at

The recipient will receive an $800 cash prize and plaque. The award, which has been given annually since 1972, is sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Inc., in appreciation of Hovde, who was Purdue’s seventh president and served from 1946 to 1971.

The 2019 recipients were Renee K. McKee, retired Purdue Extension assistant director/4-H youth development program leader, and Roy Ballard, retired Purdue Extension agriculture and natural resources educator in Hancock County.

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