David Switzer Inducted into UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Five distinguished University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture graduates were inducted Dec. 14 into the inaugural class of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The inductees included Louis J. Boyd, Maurice Cook, David Switzer, Harold Workman, and Joe Wright. These honorees have had outstanding careers and continue to serve as important members of their fields and in their communities.

For nearly 150 years, extraordinary alumni from UK's College of Agriculture have contributed substantially to their chosen fields, their communities, and society. To pay homage to these and future distinguished graduates, the college initiated the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This award is the highest honor the college bestows. The college's alumni association spearheaded the formation of this award.

"The Ag and HES Alumni Association is excited to support the establishment of the College of Agriculture Hall of Distinguished Alumni," said Bill McCloskey, alumni association president. "It is important to recognize and celebrate our alumni that exemplified themselves by making significant contributions to their communities and profession while at the same time proudly representing the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture."

Switzer, who lives in Lexington, is recognized worldwide for his extensive knowledge, experience, and accomplishments relating to the horse breeding and racing industries. In addition, he is an acknowledged expert in the field of equine foundation bloodstock and insurance, having owned and operated a bloodstock agency for many years. He promotes the Kentucky Thoroughbred industries locally, nationally, and internationally. He played a vital communications role during the mare reproductive loss syndrome crisis in 2001-2002 and led efforts to create an emergency response team from state government and the industry should another such event occur.

"This recognition is a symbol of the respect and admiration we have for distinguished alumni and serves to encourage exemplary achievements by fellow alumni and current students," said Scott Smith, PhD, dean of the College of Agriculture. "These alumni have been outstanding leaders in their professions and in society, and it is our honor to acknowledge those contributions."

The College of Agriculture Office for Advancement along with the Ag and HES Alumni Association administers the program.

Source: Edited news release by Laura Skillman, Agricultural Communications Services Director in UK's College of Agriculture. Full story can be found at http://news.ca.uky.edu/article/uk-college-agriculture-inducts-inaugural-hall-distinguished-alumni.

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