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Shurley, Wigley named Hill Award winners

December 14, 2010 — Since 1992, the Walter Barnard Hill Awards have recognized distinguished achievement in public service and outreach by University of Georgia faculty members and service professionals. Recipients must have made contributions to the improvement of the quality of life in Georgia or elsewhere of an order that greatly exceeds the normal accomplishments of a productive faculty member. Awardees receive a permanent salary increase, a medallion and framed certificate. Only Hill Award winners are eligible for appointment as a Walter Barnard Hill Distinguished Public Service and Outreach Fellow.

The 2010 Hill Award winners are Don Shurley and Paul Wigley. Both gentlemen are UGA Cooperative Extension faculty members.

W. Don Shurley

Shurley has served UGA for 19 years and works as the Extension Coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. His extension program encompasses all areas of economics dealing with cotton, including price outlook and marketing policy. He is active in collaborative educational programs and research, and is also a member of the UGA cotton team, which is recognized by many as the best multi-disciplinary group of cotton scientists in the country.

His work has a profound impact on cotton producers and the cotton industry. Unbiased research driven by clientele issues is an important part of public service and outreach as well as the cornerstone of the land-grant mission. Shurley has excelled at this mission. He conducts an active applied research program while improving the quality of life for cotton producers.

Paul D. Wigley

Wigley has been a dedicated member of the UGA faculty for the past 31 years. He serves as the County Extension Coordinator in Calhoun County where his primary duties include working with local farmers to improve production and profitability and supervising the 4-H and youth swine program.

Since 1999, Wigley has worked to improve peanut profitability and production, as peanuts are the chief agriculture product of Calhoun County. He has conducted extensive trials to determine the effectiveness of peanut yield enhancement products, and he has worked to improve disease control. When he noticed Rhizoctonia limb, pod and peg rot, was damaging peanut crops each year, he conducted field studies to evaluate available control materials. He has concentrated his educational and programming efforts in this area, and he is recognized as a national authority on the topic.

The Hill Award is named in honor of Chancellor Walter Barnard Hill, who led UGA from 1899 until his death in 1905.