Keynote Speaker – September 4, 2014


We are pleased to meet on campus with Dean Nancy Cox and the students, faculty and staff of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. This represents the 25th year that the Rotary Club of Lexington has joined the College as part of their AG ROUNDUP WEEK activities. In addition to observing the excellent exhibits and displays relating to educational and service activities in the College, our program today, as has become custom, includes an update of agricultural programs by Dean Cox and observations and projections from one of the College’s outstanding students. A special welcome is extended to the many guests from the community, the agriculture industry and from all sectors of the University.

Dr. Cox was appointed to the position of Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment January 1, 2014. She brings to this position a distinguished career in research and teaching at Mississippi State University and a tremendous record of leadership in the positions of Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Kentucky. She is widely regarded as a visionary among farm, industry and civic leaders serving on several state and national commodity, educational and agricultural policy boards and councils.

Representing the student body as our guest speaker is Benjamin Michael Conner. He is the son of Steve and Beth Sterchi of Smiths Grove, KY and Kenley and Dawn Conner of Hodgenville, KY. He is a junior majoring in Career and Technical Education with a minor in Animal Sciences. He is a 2014 recipient of a ROTARY CLUB OF LEXINGTON SCHOLARSHIP as well as other scholarships recognizing outstanding students. In addition to an excellent “Dean’s List” academic record, Benjamin’s active participant and leadership roles include College ambassador, Student Council representative, Ag Education Society, Block & Bridle Club, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Ag Teachers of America ambassador and The Kentucky Junior Angus Association. He is considering many career possibilities with a very positive approach when he states, “It is my goal that whoever I come in contact with will in some way be more educated about agriculture and the importance of this industry.”