2023 Excellence in Multistate Research
W 4045-Agrochemical Impacts on Human and Environmental Health: Mechanisms and Mitigation
2023 New Teacher Award of Excellence
Dr. Jennifer Lachowiec
Montana State University
Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
2023 Teaching and Student Engagement Award
Wanda Crannell
M.Sci.Advisor, Instructor and Program Coordinator
2023 Regional Teaching Award of Excellence
Dr. Kathleen Boyce Rodgers
Washington State University
Department of Human Development
2022 Excellence in Multistate Research
Multi-state W-4003 Parental Practices supporting positive eating behaviors during independent eating occasions among early adolescent children. Research team member, Siew Sun Wong, Oregon state with Chris Davies.
2022 Teaching and Student Engagement Award
Dr. Heloisa Moreno Rutigliano
The Western Academic Program Section presented the Teaching and Student Engagement Award to Dr. Heloisa Moreno Rutigliano, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal, Diary and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University. Claus Tittiger, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, University of Nevada with Chris Davies.
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Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors


2023 Excellence in Leadership – Western Region

Dr. Glenda Humiston

Glenda Humiston

The Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors presents the Award of Excellence in Leadership to Dr. Glenda Humiston, University of California.

Dr. Glenda Humiston was appointed University of California vice president for agriculture and natural resources August 3, 2015. Glenda has since served many leadership roles on behalf of the experiment stations at both the regional and national levels. Glenda’s steadfast commitment to serve and no non-sense approach, coupled with her vast experience in the political arena, has helped move the needle. 

Dr. Humiston served as WAAESD chair during a time when the regional office was experiencing some internal issues. Glenda’s leadership was essential to managing through those tough times.

On the national level, Dr. Humiston served as the Chair of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy’s (ESCOP) Budget and Legislative Committee (BLC). Chairing this committee also entails serving as the ESCOP representative to the APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly’s Budget and Advocacy Committee and Committee on Legislation and Policy. She also served on an ad hoc infrastructure committee that was formed by the APLU BAA to address the rapidly declining facilities by colleges of agriculture. Glenda’s leadership was instrumental in all of these committees. For example, she helped the system develop a longer-term strategy for justifying annual federal appropriations requests in support of research funds that are to State Agricultural Experiment Stations. Glenda also played a pivotal role in creating awareness among congressional leaders that the nation must address the infrastructure challenges colleges of agriculture are facing.

Dr. Humiston earned a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, a master’s degree in international agricultural development from UC Davis, and a BS degree in animal science from Colorado State University.

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