The Presidency of the American Society of Agronomy: Contributions from Kansas State University.
Gary Pierzynski1, Gary Paulsen2, and Gerry Posler2. (1) 2004 Throckmorton Hall, Kansas State University - Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, Dept. of Agronomy Plt. Sci. Ctr., Manhattan, KS 66506-5501, (2) Kansas State University, 2004 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, Manhattan, KS 66506-5501
The Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University celebrated its Centennial in 2006. We have a long history of providing leadership for the American Society of Agronomy through a number of department heads that served as President of ASA during the period from 1906 to 1946. Albert M. TenEyck was head of the Department of Agriculture from 1902 to 1906 and became the head of the Department of Agronomy when it was created in 1906. He served as head until 1910 and was President of ASA in 1910. William M. Jardine was head of Agronomy from 1910 to 1913 and President of ASA in 1917. He went on to a distinguished career as Dean of Agriculture/Director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station, President of Kansas State College, and eventually as United States Secretary of Agriculture. Leland E. Call was head of Agronomy from 1913-1925 and served as President of ASA in 1922. Similar to Jardine, Call went on to serve as Dean of Agriculture/Director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station. Ray I. Throckmorton served as head of Agronomy from 1925 to 1946 and also served as Dean of Agriculture/Director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station from 1946 to 1953. Throckmorton was President of ASA in 1934. Call, Jardine, and Throckmorton were honored as a namesake for a building on the campus of Kansas State University as recognition of their leadership, outstanding service, and accomplishments.