Scott R. Simplot is an outstanding citizen, business leader, and public servant. Chairman of the board of the J. R. Simplot Company for a decade, Simplot has guided all company activities and been liaison between the board and senior executive management. The J. R. Simplot Company, with more than 13,000 employees, is a principal driver of the Idaho economy. It is one basis of the state’s reputation for worldclass potatoes, and the company has also diversified into vegetables, fertilizers, cattle, turf grass, and processing and distribution systems.
A person of modesty, Scott Simplot’s quiet leadership and influence have been instrumental in the company’s success. Similarly, he has helped build a spirit of cooperation between the University of Idaho and the company. He has advocated sound, science-based research in solving agriculture’s challenges and has personally sponsored a number of ground-breaking research projects. He sponsored a portion of the construction of the biotechnology laboratory addition to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, which brings honor to the University of Idaho as a world-class research institution.
Alumni Awards and Recognition
Nick Purdy ’62 received the Jim Lyle Award on March 11 for his long-term dedication and service to UI and the college.
Erling Johannesen ’45 was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in March.
Idaho Rep. Douglas R. Jones ’72 was named Legislator of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization in December 2003.
John Mundt ’67, ’73, ’89 received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Agriculture in the education/advocacy category on February 11.
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