Six named Outstanding Alumni by College of Ag Sciences

October 10, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored six of its graduates with 2012 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.

Named Outstanding Alumni were David Curtis, of Folsom, Calif.; Christopher Donaghy, of Colts Neck, N.J.; Bruce Edwards, of Starruca, Pa.; Clifton Marshall, of Ostrander, Ohio; and James Moyer, of Cary, N.C.

Andrew Herr, of Minneapolis, Minn., was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.

Curtis, a 1972 graduate in agricultural engineering, is vice president for WEST Consultants Inc., a water resources consulting firm with offices in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Maryland. A doctoral recipient from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has been on the leading edge of hydrometeorological and flood risk management services since 1975. He has designed, developed and implemented award-winning flood-monitoring systems around the world. His efforts led to the nation's first statewide system, the Connecticut Statewide Flood Warning System. He is the current president of the National Hydrologic Warning Council.

Donaghy, a 1985 graduate with a bachelor's degree in entomology, is CEO and owner of Residex LLC, a major distributor for pest, lawn and turf-management products. Under his leadership, the company has grown to operate 25 distribution centers in 18 states. Since 1996, he has been a member of several industry associations, serving in various officer and committee positions. In 2011, he received the pest-control industry's Crown Leadership Award. He has been involved with several charities including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital and the Achilles Freedom Team, which provides hand-crank bicycles for disabled American veterans.

Edwards, a 1971 graduate with a bachelor's degree in forest science, is owner and manager of Starlight Forests LLC, a timber production and management company that owns timberlands in northeastern Pennsylvania and southeastern New York. Since its start in 2000, the company has accumulated more than 11,000 acres of high-quality timberlands. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Empire State Forest Products Association and the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. Penn State's former School of Forest Resources honored him as an Outstanding Alumnus in 2007.

Marshall, a 1966 graduate in dairy science, is vice president of Select Sires Inc., of Plain City, Ohio, the largest bovine artificial insemination company in the world. He received the 2010 National Association of Animal Breeders Pioneer Award for his leadership in developing procedures to critically evaluate semen quality, to process and use semen, to maximize post-thaw quality with straw packaging, and to utilize semen sex sorting. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on industry applied subjects such as semen harvest, quality evaluation, data management, estrus synchronization and insemination technique.

Moyer received master's and doctoral degrees in plant pathology from Penn State in 1973 and 1975, respectively. A faculty member at North Carolina State University since 1976, he has been head of the Department of Plant Pathology for the last decade. A plant virologist specializing in virus diseases of sweet potatoes, vegetables and ornamental crops, he is a recognized leader in research on viral genetics and the molecular biology regulating insect transmission of plant viruses. He is a Fellow and former president of the American Phytopathological Society, and he has received awards from USDA and the floral crop industry for his research.

Herr, a 2007 graduate in animal sciences, is Pet Care Division general manager for Rembrandt Enterprises Inc., of Okoboji, Iowa, the largest vertically integrated egg-products company in the United States. He began his career with Rembrandt in 2005 while still a Penn State student and started the Pet Care Division for the company in 2007. Under his leadership, the division has become one of the largest producers of egg proteins for the pet-food industry. He has played a key role in expanding the company's presence into Europe and Asia. He received the national Outstanding Senior Award from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association in 2007.

Last Updated October 11, 2012