AIARD Honors Borlaug Institute Associate Director
June 3, 2014 | WASHINGTON D.C. — Dr. G. Michael McWhorter was presented this week with the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development’s Distinguished Service Award. He was honored Monday as part of AIARD’s 50th annual conference in Washington D.C.
The Borlaug Institute’s associate director and international training coordinator was awarded specifically for his role in proposing and implementing AIARD’s Future Leaders Forum, which, since its inception in 2005, has fulfilled its mission by funding trips for 121 finishing graduate students to AIARD’s annual conference to meet with perspective employers in agricultural development.
McWhorter reacted to the nod by stressing that implementation of the Future Leaders Forum was a team effort.
“We want to focus on what we were able to do as a team of people,” he said. “I certainly didn’t do this by myself and I’m proud of the team it took to get this put together.”
He continued to point out that the mission of the Future Leaders Forum overshadows the successes of individual contributors.
“What I’m most proud of is that it’s succeeded to connect young people coming out of school to the international development career track,” McWhorter said. “We’re infusing new blood into international development; that’s what I’m most proud of.”
AIARD’s annual Distinguished Service Award is presented to persons who make innovative contributions to AIARD programs, advance AIARD’s purpose through public service and serve AIARD and the international arena at large for significant periods of time.
The annual Future Leaders Forum, part of the AIARD annual conference, is funded by the United States Agency for International Development. It has previously been funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture.