GAINESVILLE, FL – Hannah Carter, director of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida recently received the Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership (IAPAL) in Canandaigua, New York.
Carter is the thirteenth recipient of this prestigious award. She was honored for her excellence in teaching, research and extension. The award also recognizes her mentorship and service through launching positive leadership trajectories and legacies for fortunate students, staff, colleagues and friends.
“[Carter] is highly respected by her peers in leadership development in this country and internationally and we are proud to recognize her talents and impacts with this prestigious award, “said Dr. Joe Waldrum, executive secretary for the IAPAL association.
The Outstanding Leadership Program Award was developed by Dr. Billy and Polly Pope in 1999 to recognize innovative statewide directors for their success in teaching and producing effective leadership for agriculture and rural areas. Dr. Pope began the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program in the late 80’s at Texas A & M University and was its first director. After his retirement at TAMU he became the Executive Secretary of IAPAL and held this position until his death in 2010.
“Dr. Carter has exemplified Bill and Polly Pope’s vision as an innovative and creative leadership director. She is a recognized leader in leadership development research and has produced graduate students that have gone on to direct or encourage the implementation of leadership programs in other states,” Waldrum said.
Stephen Basore, a program graduate and president of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute Alumni Association states “The investment Dr. Hannah Carter has made in the professional development of Wedgworth participants and alumni has made a huge difference in the quality of our experience in WLIANR and beyond.”
Carter is the second director of Wedgworth Leadership Institute to win this award. Dr. Eugene Trotter, who was responsible for creating this program in Florida, received the award in 2003.
Carter received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, her master’s degree in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida and her doctoral degree in agricultural leadership from the University of Florida. She has directed the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agricultural and Natural resources since 2004.
The Wedgworth Leadership Institute develops leadership capacities within individuals working in Florida’s agriculture and natural resources industries. To date, over 220 participants have graduated from this prestigious program and