Dr. Alan York Receives Career Achievement Award

Dr. Alan York Receives Career Achievement Award at the University of Illinois College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Alan York recently received the ACES Career Achievement Award at the University of Illinois where he completed his PhD in Weed Science in the Crop Science Department. Dr. York

is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Emeritus, the most prestigious named professorship in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at NC State. With over 38 years of experience in weed science research, extension, and teaching, Dr. York has excelled in every element of the land-grant mission throughout his career.

Dr. York has published 154 peer-reviewed journal articles and has trained 31 graduate students. The impact of his extension work has made him the leading weed management expert in North Carolina and throughout the southeastern United States. In addition to his research and extension efforts, Dr. York has served as a dedicated teacher of weed science and agronomy courses, educating more than 800 undergraduate and graduate students.

“Dr. York is the hardest-working human I have ever encountered,” said Rachel Atwell Vann, a University of Illinois alumna (NRES ’12) and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at North Carolina State University. “His dedication to serving our growers and educating his students is second to none.”

Dr. York’s recent work developing and implementing training programs for minimizing off-target effects of auxin herbicides illustrates his continuing investment in the interests of farmers and agricultural stakeholders.

“He clearly has demonstrated both innovation and leadership in weed science programming for many years,” said Aaron Hager, associate professor of weed science at the University of Illinois. “I know with complete assurance that farmers across the United States have been beneficiaries of Dr. York’s dedicated service to agriculture.”

“As a graduate of the University of Illinois College of ACES, I know the standard of excellence expected from ACES graduates,” said Atwell Vann. “Dr. York exceeds those standards in every way.”

See Dr. Alan York’s award acceptance:


Article by Kaki Carl