Published on 09/22/99

Zell Miller Featured Speaker at Brooks Lecture

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Zell Miller

Former Gov. Zell Miller will be the featured speaker at the 1999 D.W. Brooks Lecture Oct. 4 at in the Mahler Auditorium in the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Miller's presentation, "Georgia: Gains and Gaps," will precede the announcement of the D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence. The annual awards are presented to UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty who excel in teaching, research and extension.

The teaching award was established in 1981 to recognize faculty members who make outstanding contributions and maintain excellence in the CAES teaching program.

In 1983, the awards expanded to include research, extension and county extension programs. An award for international agriculture was added in 1988.

The awards include a framed certificate and a $5,000 cash award.

The 11 a.m. lecture is named for D.W. Brooks, founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc., who died this summer.

Brooks was an advisor on agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents. He started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941 to provide farmers insurance.

His many honors for contributions to global agriculture included being the first inductee into the UGA Agricultural Hall of Fame. He received the Distinguished Agribusiness Award from the Georgia Agribusiness Council and was named Progressive Farmer magazine's "Man of the Year in Agriculture in the South."

The CAES sponsors the annual lecture series in his memory.

Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.