Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four alumni for their professional achievements.
The first was Ken Bailey, the chief financial officer and vice president of Orchard View Farms in The Dalles. The business manages about 1,700 acres of cherries, which it grows, packs and ships. Bailey grew up on the farm, which his grandparents founded in 1923. He is the governor-appointed chair of the Oregon State Board of Agriculture and was a member of the Oregon Task Force on Land Use Planning, also known as the Big Look. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from OSU in 1966. Bailey received the college’s Leader Alumni Award.
Next was Joseph Chapman, the president of North Dakota State University from 1999 to 2009. He has held teaching and administrative positions at the University of Maryland, Utah State University and Montana State University. Between 1965 and 1970, he received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from OSU, all in wildlife science. Chapman received the Legacy Alumni Award.
Also receiving an award was Colby Marshall, who has worked for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden since 2002. He lives in Bend and manages two of Walden’s offices. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business management through the OSU agriculture program at Eastern Oregon University in 1999. Marshall received the Luminary Alumni Award.
The fourth recipient was Gary Perdew, the director of the Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis at Penn State University since 1999. His lab is interested in the health effects of exposure to industrial pollutants. The lab’s research has focused in part on a specific nuclear receptor that plays a central role in the biological response to dioxin, which can cause cancer. Perdew graduated from OSU in 1984 with a doctorate in food toxicology. He received the Leader Alumni Award.
The author is public service communications specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service.