Angus Foundation President Honored with Professional Achievement Award
By Katy Holdener
The American Angus Association’s very own Angus Foundation President Milford Jenkins will be awarded the Ray A. Miller Professional Achievement Award during the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association (NAADA) Conference in Boise, Idaho on June 14.
The Professional Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their significant career activities, accomplishments and leadership activities in professional and community organizations, according to Kathy McNally, senior director of development at the Oklahoma State University Foundation.
In June 2014, the NAADA Board of Directors dedicated the award in honor of Ray Miller. Miller was a beloved member of the NAADA family having served a term as president, conference host and most recently as the NAADA Historian. Miller has been recognized by his peers for his work at The Ohio State University and NAADA in receiving the Professional Achievement Award (1994) and the Founder’s Distinguished Service Award (2003). Recipients also must be employed by a NAADA member institution with responsibilities for agricultural alumni, development or student service programs.
The Professional Achievement Award has significant meaning for Jenkins, as Ray Miller was one of his mentors. The nominee must be recommended by two member institutions. Oklahoma State University and the University of Minnesota stepped up to begin the process for Jenkins to win the award. Although it has been several years since Jenkins worked as senior director of development for the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (DASNR), his footprint on the state has been huge, according to McNally. The relationships Jenkins cultivated while in Oklahoma resulted in very significant gifts dedicated to DASNR. Jenkins has made a tremendous impact in his role as Angus Foundation president as well.
“Being recognized by NAADA and my peers across the country as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Ray A. Miller Professional Achievement Award is profoundly humbling,” Jenkins said.
The Association is proud to have Jenkins at the helm of the Angus Foundation to continue the progress of youth, education and research in the Angus breed.