Auburn University plant pathology professor Austin Hagan is the 2017 recipient of the American Peanut Research and Education Society’s Coyt T. Wilson Distinguished Service Award. He was presented the award in July during the society’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hagan is a veteran professor and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn. He joined the Auburn faculty in 1980 and has been involved with the peanut organization since 1981.
The American Peanut Research and Education Society established the annual award to recognize an individual who has contributed two or more years of distinguished service to the society. The award is in honor of Coyt T. Wilson, who contributed freely of his time and service to the organization in its formative years. He was a leader and adviser until his retirement in 1976.