George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award

This citation honors distinguished College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or leadership in making significant, influential, or innovative contributions to society. Selection is made by the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

This award was established in 2005 and is presented annually during Iowa State University’s Homecoming Weekend. Click here for the nomination form. Nominations are due the third Tuesday in November.

2018 George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Awardee

Dawn Mellion-Patin (’95 PhD agricultural and life sciences education)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dawn Mellion-Patin, CALS George Washington Carver Distinguished Service AwardeeDawn Mellion Patin, vice chancellor for extension and outreach at Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a mentor and champion for small-scale farmers.

An advocate of life-long learning, Mellion Patin currently serves as a fellow in the Food Systems Leadership Institute, a national program dedicated to developing individual and institutional leadership for a 21st century food system. Her career has focused on educating and improving the lives of small farmers and their families. She developed the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute; a unique leadership development program offered through the Southern University Agriculture and Extension Center and designed for minority, socially-disadvantaged and limited-resource agricultural producers.

Mellion Patin’s contributions earned her national leadership roles as a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) panel manager; 1890 representative on the National Extension Disaster Education Network Executive Committee; historian for the National Society of Minorities in Agricultural, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS); chair of the Southern Region- Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leaders Committee; and grant committee member for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Her efforts have been recognized with the Tuskegee University Distinguished Service Award at the Professional Agriculture Workers Conference, Southern University’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center Outstanding Specialist Award, the Association of Extension Administrators Excellence in Extension Award and USDA NIFA Cooperative Extension System Outstanding Leadership Award.

During her time at Iowa State University, Mellion Patin served as a graduate adviser for the Iowa State MANRRS chapter and was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta honorary society for agriculture.

Past Recipients