Outstanding alumni recognized
The Horsley family was inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame at the annual alumni awards program held in March, and Kimberly Lane Tabor Kreitlow of Apex, North Carolina, was recognized with the college’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award at the same event.
Donald and Diane Horsley, along with sons Shane and Ryan, received the award for their longstanding commitment to agriculture in the state and to Virginia Tech. Donald graduated with a B.S. in animal science in 1970; Shane received a B.S. and M.S. in animal and poultry sciences in 1999 and 2002; and Ryan earned the same degrees in 2002 and 2004.
The Horsleys own Land of Promise Farms in Virginia Beach, a successful farming operation that produces soybeans, corn, wheat, swine, and beef cattle. Their swine enterprise supplies project pigs to 4-H and FFA members in Virginia and across the country.
Kreitlow earned her Ph.D. in entomology in 2004 and was recognized for her extensive research and forensic work. She was the first person to earn a degree in forensic entomology from the university. Considered a pioneer for women in the field, she is an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University.
Other award winners included:
Outstanding Ambassador: Olivia Ellis, of McLean, Virginia, a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise.
Outstanding Faculty Service Award: Vernon Meacham, of Blacksburg, Virginia, director of development for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award: James Pearson, of Lavonia, Georgia, CEO of American Trailer Works.
Outstanding Alumni in International Programs: Jackline Bonabana-Wabbi, of Kampala, Uganda, a lecturer in the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics at Makerere University.
For more information on these and other departmental award recipients, visit www.cals.vt.edu/alumni/awards.