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Released: Feb. 24, 2017

Communications and ag education leader honored as distinguished alumna at alma mater
Boone was among six 2017 honorees at Texas Tech University.

Kris Boone

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kristina Boone, communications and agricultural education professor and department head for the Kansas State University College of Agriculture, was among six distinguished alumni honored Monday, Feb. 20, by Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards were presented at Texas Tech’s McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center in Lubbock, Texas.

 The awards honor Texas Tech graduates who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources.

Boone graduated cum laude from Texas Tech in 1986 with a B.S. in agricultural communication. While working on her undergraduate degree, she served on the departmental advisory council and College of Agriculture student council. She held local and national offices in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

“Texas Tech focused on experiential learning and hands-on experiences,” Boone said. “I’ve worked to make that a cornerstone of our program here at Kansas State University.”

Boone came to Manhattan in 1995 as an assistant professor in agricultural communication, was named interim department head in 2002 and became the permanent department head in 2005.

After more than 20 years at K-State, Boone recently announced she will return to The Ohio State University, where she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees. As of April 1, she will serve as the director of the university’s Agricultural Technical Institute.

Other Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Award recipients this year were:

  • Shawn Benge of Washington, D.C., associate director of park planning, facilities and land with the National Park Service
  • Eric Best of Lubbock, Texas, technical agronomic advisor with Monsanto
  • Mandy Carr Johnson, of Centennial, Colorado, senior executive director of science with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Dale Rollins of San Angelo, Texas, professor and extension wildlife specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and executive director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation
  • Dawn DeBerry Stump of Washington, D.C. She is a principal at Stump Strategic


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

More information:
Kris Boone kboone@ksu.edu
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