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FEA Recognition Awards

Individual Awards Plaque Unit Award Plaque

The 2016-2017 Faculty Emeriti Association Recognition Awards were announced at the April Faculty Retirees Luncheon and are recognized below. To view past years winners, click here.

The Faculty Emeriti Association (FEA), in collaboration with the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development, Office of the Provost, is delighted to announce the annual Faculty Emeriti Association Recognition Awards. Two awards are presented each year.

The Faculty Emeriti Association Outstanding Contributions by a Unit Award:
This award recognizes an academic or support unit that does an outstanding job in creating opportunities for MSU Faculty Emeriti to participate in the life of the University. The rationale for this award is to recognize the activities of units that have made formidable contributions to fostering the engagement of MSU Faculty Emeriti within their unit. These engagements should be viewed as mutually beneficial for the Faculty Emeriti and the unit.

The Faculty Emeriti Association Outstanding Contributions by an Individual Award:
This award recognizes an individual MSU Faculty Emeritus/Emerita who has done an outstanding job in serving the University through contributions to a unit or program. The rationale for this award is to recognize the activities of individuals who, during their retirement,  have made formidable contributions to the MSU Community or their unit or to fostering the engagement of MSU Faculty Emeriti. These engagements should be viewed as mutually beneficial for the Faculty Emeriti and the unit.

The nomination can be made by an individual or a unit. Self nominations for the Outstanding Contributions by a Unit award are welcome.  Each year the Faculty Emeriti Association sends a letter asking for nominations.
A selection committee of college representatives, administrative personnel, and Faculty Emeriti will review the applications and select the awardees. The nominations should be returned to Cindi Leverich, Director of Leadership Development Programs, at 308 Administration Building, or to Forms which can be used to nominate individuals or units for awards are normally distributed in January.

Nomination Form for  FEA Awards (.docx)

2017-2018 Award Recipients



Pauline Adams

For her outstanding contributions to faculty emeriti, the Faculty Emeriti Association (FEA), and Michigan State University, the FEA Leadership Award is presented to Pauline Adams. Since 2006 until she resigned in 2017, Pauline Adams had a distinguished career as a Faculty Steering Committee member. Her formidable contributions cannot be underestimated. As a non-voting member, she represented our Committee at the Board of Trustees’ meetings and reported their highlights during insightful, informative and humorous reports. On a variety of committee issues her advice was astute. Her leadership continued with the Oral History Project. She conducted seventeen interviews with MSU faculty and non-faculty including President Cecil Mackey. The result s a treasure trove of information found in the Oral History archives of the MSU Libraries. Her legacy on the Steering Committee s only one sterling example of her notable MSU career and this is why she is deserving of our award.


Robert Herner

For his many contributions to the Department of Horticulture and Michigan State University, the Faculty Emeriti Association presents a EA Individual Award to Professor Robert Herner. Dr. Herner officially retired in 2001; however, he has never retired from MSU or the department in his heart or his actions. After leading an internationally respected research program in post-harvest physiology and ethylene biology, Dr. Herner chose to remain deeply involved in the department but in a somewhat different and impactful direction. He saw the needs of students and alumni that regular faculty did not have time to address. He turned those insights into meaningful action and developed a network of alumni as a way to maintain strong connections among each other and to their alma mater. Through this network, they could keep in touch with each other and with the department, share information and participate in alumni gatherings. Dr. Herner organized alumni events following the Horticulture Club’s annual Spring Show, as well as a fall football tailgate in the teaching greenhouse. He filled an important need in the curriculum as co-instructor of a course and has provided a uest lecture for the senior capstone course for more than a decade.  Dr. Herner has been as generous with his financial resources as he as his time.  Current professors state that “it is overwhelmingly clear that long after he retired, Dr. Herner has played an integral, generous and inspiring role in the Department of Horticulture, creating new opportunities and venues for our students and alumni. No one has greater commitment to and love for the department and MSU.”

Janver (Jan) D. Krehbiel

For his many contributions to the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) over more than 10 years after retirement, the FEA presents an Individual Award to Dr. Janver (Jan) D. Krehbiel. His impact on the college has been continuous and significant. Since 2007 he has mentored Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students and recent graduates, as well as deans, associate deans and assistant deans.  Dr. Krehbiel continues to be an active participant in DVM curriculum review and revision and advises the college on accreditation issues. He has chaired search committees for the integral leadership positions within the college and continues to participate in interviews for applicants to the DVM program. His prior experience with the college’s international programs was used in the recent review of these programs. Dr. Krehbiel’s interactions go beyond the MSU-CVM. He was instrumental in linking the CVM Office of Diversity and Inclusion with the Edgewood Village Network Center in East Lansing as part of a National Institutes of Health grant aimed to advance science and math educational experiences of K-4 students. Students from the CVM mentor and deliver innovative curriculum with the ultimate aim of diversifying the veterinarian-scientist workforce. He remains very active in the American Veterinary Medical Association and is regarded nationally as one of the most experienced educators in veterinary medicine. He is a valuable resource for the CVM-MSU as the college faces upcoming accreditation for the veterinary tech and DVM programs.


Department of Forestry

For their long term commitment to the involvement of faculty emeriti, the FEA Unit Award is presented to the Department of Forestry within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The department consciously seeks to create and maintain a welcoming environment for everyone including emeriti. Emeriti faculty are assigned office space and are provided administrative support as long as they continue to be engaged in the department’s mission and community. These investments have realized arge returns; the FEA award for Outstanding Contributions by an Individual Faculty Emeritus was presented to Dr. Donald Dickmann in 2016 and Dr. James Kielbaso in 2017, both Department of Forestry Faculty Emeriti. A third retiree, Dr. Maureen McDonough, has been a critical member of the team that has been instrumental in linking the department with talented Detroit high school students who participate in Greening of Detroit, a non-profit focused on urban tree planting and care. This relationship effort has helped the department increase the enrollment of students of color at MSU from negligible to 15% in about 5 years. Without question, the Department of Forestry is a good example of one that has created and benefited from opportunities for emeriti faculty for years.

The Faculty Emeriti Association would like to thank the following people for their efforts in selecting the 2017-2018 award winners:  Jenny Bond, Stephen Harsh, Albert Sparrow, and Ralph Taggart. 

For more information about the MSU Faculty Emeriti Association and these awards, contact  or visit the website: