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Williams Named 2015 Distinguished Alum

David Williams

EKU's Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that Mr. David Williams has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2015.

Mr. Williams was honored during a presentation on Friday, April 17, 2015, at the Department of Agriculture College to Careers senior seminar.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Williams came to EKU in 1974 as a general business major but soon switched his focus to agriculture, with an emphasis on turf and landscape management. He met his wife Kate, also an EKU alum (’78,  ‘87) while attending classes in the Carter Building. In his own words, it "was the single best thing that happened to me at EKU!"

The Williams operated a small greenhouse/landscaping business in the early 1980s. Since then, Davis has worked as a manager of lawn care and landscape companies, worked in retail garden center management, and worked as an assistant golf course superintendent at Hyde Park Country Club in Cincinnati.

Williams returned to EKU in 1990 as the assistant director of the Physical Plant for Campus and Grounds and has also served two elected terms as Staff Regent from 2000-2006. He has twice been on The Kentucky Turfgrass Council’s Board of Directors where he chaired the scholarship committee and served as President in 1995-1996.

EKU was designated a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2011, and has maintained that distinction ever since, a distinction of which Mr. Williams is very proud. He was promoted to Director of Facilities Services in 2013 and now oversees the care of EKU's 912-acre campus plus nearly six million square feet of buildings.

Congratulations Mr. Williams on being selected as the 2015 Distinguished Alum representing the Department of Agriculture.

The department also honored distinguished seniors for the year. Ms. Megan Moore, a double major in Agribusiness Management and Agriculture Education from Williamsburg, Ky., was selected as the department's Distinguished Senior. In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2014-15 academic year were recognized and honored for outstanding achievement.

Published on April 17, 2015

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