Published on 01/22/20

UGA-Tifton Assistant Dean Joe West recipient of Distinguished Service Award

By Maria Sellers

Joe West, assistant dean of the University of Georgia Tifton campus, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show, held Jan. 16 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

West expressed his appreciation for the recognition of his service and support for the peanut industry.

“I’m very honored they considered my work here worthy of such an award,” said West. “For our peanut commission and our growers to see the contributions I’ve been able to make as assistant dean is very rewarding.”

Joy Crosby, director of communications for the Georgia Peanut Commission, said West has been an asset to UGA-Tifton providing support for world-class research since taking over as assistant dean in 2008.

“Through his leadership, he has coordinated the renovation of landmark historic buildings, improved field laboratory operations and developed partnerships with agribusinesses in the area,” said Crosby.

West’s contributions include providing support for farm managers and technical staff and equipping scientists with the necessary tools to continue making agriculture the No. 1 industry in Georgia.

“We provide those tools so that they have the proper environment to do their jobs,” said West. “Put that all together and it’s my responsibility to provide the infrastructure to make sure they succeed.”

Those contributions have led to the success of scientists at UGA-Tifton, especially those specializing in peanuts.

“All of [West’s] efforts have benefitted research focusing on peanuts and will continue to meet the changing needs of agriculture in the future,” said Crosby.

West praised the Georgia Peanut Commission for the support it has shown to the researchers at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

“The Georgia Peanut Commission does a great job of supporting the growers who make up the organization and supporting the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, it’s a great partnership,” said West.

The Distinguished Service Award honors professionals who have made important contributions to Georgia’s peanut and agriculture industries.

Each year the winner of this award is selected by Georgia Peanut Commission Board members and the Farm Show committee from submitted nominations.

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