Hall of Fame

A Brief History of the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award

1982

Recommendation that an Outreach Hall of Fame Award Ceremony be established

“It is recommended that there be established an ‘Outreach Hall of Fame Ceremony’. This annual ceremony would recognize individuals from the 1890 Land Grant Universities and Tuskegee Institute for efforts to improve the quality of life for rural people.”

- Proceedings of the 40th Annual PAWC: Readings on Rural Development Integrated Strategies for Rural Families and Small Farmers, T.T. Williams, editor, 1983, p. 209.

1983

Call for the creation of The George Washington Carver Public Service Award

This award will be part of the Annual PAWC program at Tuskegee Institute. This award is given in recognition of individual whose work mirrors the philosophy of George Washington Carver that is reflected in this quote:

“...it has always been the one great ideal... to be the greatest good to the greatest number of people.”

- George Washington Carver, 1890

For the purposes of this award, public service is viewed as significant accomplishments and contributions in the areas of extension and outreach activities designed to improve the quality of life for the rural clientele served by the 1890 Land Grant-Universities and Tuskegee Institute.”

Proceedings of the 41st Annual PAWC: The Role of USDA, Land-Grant Universities and Other Agencies in Assisting Rural America- Research, Education and Technology Transfer, T.T. Williams, editor, 1984, p. 153.

1984

The first award and announcement of the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award

“The annual George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award will be part of the 43rd PAWC. The award is given in recognition of individuals whose work mirrors the philosophy of the world-recognized scholar—George Washington Carver. Public Service is viewed as significant accomplishments and in the areas of teaching, and outreach designed to improve the quality of life for the rural clientele served by the 1890 Land-Grant Universities and Tuskegee Institute. The award ceremony is an integral part of the Annual PAWC held at Tuskegee Institute. (A 17-member recruitment committee is set-up, one from each 1890 institution and Tuskegee to gather nominees and send to a five-member selection committee, representing USDA, community-based organizations, the non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and the 1890 community, to select the finalist to be recognized at and awards banquet.)

The first award is presented to Dr. S.J. Parker, University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff.

Proceedings of the 42nd annual PAWC: Strategy for Survival of Small Farmers…International Implications, T.T. Williams, editor, 1985, pp. 310-311.

1993

Announcement of the creation of and requests for nominations for the Carver II Award

This award is to accompany the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award. Nominees for The Carver II are from the rest of the land grant system, USDA, and the private sector, community based organizations, and others who have worked long and hard for the benefit of 1890 programs and the rural disadvantaged.

The first Carver II award is presented to Jim Tatum of the USDA Soil Conservation Service.

George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Lecture


YEAR PAWC Speaker Organization
1984a 42 Keynote Speaker: 
F.J. Rowan
Director, Quest Services, Control Data Worldtech,
Inc.
1984b 42 Guest Lecturer: Gilbert C. Fite Richard B. Russell Professor of History,
University of Georgia
1985 43 Harry Van Buren Richardson
  • Chaplain, Tuskegee Institute,
    1933-1948

  • President, Gammon Theological
    Seminary, Atlanta, 1948-1959

  • Founder and President,
    Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta,

  • Interim National Executive Director,
    United Negro College Fund

1986 44 John E. Lee, Jr. USDA Economic Research Service
1987 45 Robert D. Havener President, Winrock International Institute for
Agricultural Development
1988 46 Fredrick S. Humphries President, Florida A&M University
1990 48 William P. Hytche President, University of Maryland—Eastern Shore
1991 49 R. James Hildreth Managing Director, The Farm Foundation
1992 50 Luther Burse Special Assistant to the Chief, USDA Forest
Service
1993 51 Delores R. Spikes President, Southern University System
1994 52 T.T. Williams Regional Director, United States Department of
Health and Human Services, retired
1995 53 Virginia Caples Interim President, Alabama A&M University
1996 54 Carl Marbury Director, Alabama Black History Project, Alabama
State University
1997 55 Lionel J. “Bo” Beaulieu Director, Southern Rural Development Center
1998 56 Earl F. Hilliard U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District, Alabama (D)
1999 57 Leon Howard Sullivan
  • Pastor, Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia
  • Founder, Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)
  • President, International Foundation for Education and Self Help
2000 58 Ernest Holloway President, Langston University
2001 59 Refugio I. Rochin Director, Smithsonian Center for Latino
Initiatives
2002 60 Ralph Christy The J. Thomas Clark Professor of Emerging
Markets, Department of Applied Economics and Marketing, Cornell
University
2003 61 Ernest Cooper-Harris Mayor, Town of Anguilla, Mississippi
2004 62 Lorette Picciano Executive Director, Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural
2005 63 Rev. Clifford E. Jones Greater Peace Baptist Church, Opelika, AL
2006 64 Felecia L. Jones Executive Director, The Black Belt Community
Foundation, Selma, AL
2007 65 Hazo W. Carter, Jr. President, West Virginia State University and Chair,
Council of 1890 Presidents and Chancellors
2008 66 Fred Harrison
 
Dean Emeritus, College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs, Fort Valley State University and
Executive Committee, Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET)
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC)
2009 67 George Cooper President, South Carolina State University
2010 68 Owusu Bandele Professor, Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, Retired,
Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2011 69 Karen Washington President of the New York Community Garden Coalition
2012 70 Pakou Hang Latino Economic Development Center and Institute for Healthy Foods Healthy Lives
2013 71 LaDonna Redmond Campaign for Food Justice Now
2014 72 Walter A. Hill Dean, Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences

THE PROFESSIONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS CONFERENCE INDUCTEES IN THE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER PUBLIC SERVICE HALL OF FAME

1984

S.J. Parker
University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff

1985

Robert Lee Hurst
South Carolina State College

1986

Sidney Evans
North Carolina A&T State University

1987

George Edward Robinson, Jr.
Southern University and A&M College

1988

William Bailey Hill
Tuskegee University

1989

Richard D. Morrison
Alabama A&M University

1990

Owen Porter
University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff

1991

Bennie D. Mayberry
Tuskegee University

1992

Burleigh Webb
North Carolina A&T State University

1993

Carver I: Walter Washington
Alcorn State University

Carver II: James Tatum
USDA Soil Conservation Service

1994

Carver I: William Hytche
University of Maryland—Eastern Shore

Carver II: Jim Hildreth/Walter Armbruster
Farm Foundation

1995

Carver I: James I. Dawson
Alabama A&M University

Carver II: McKinley Mayes
USDA Cooperative State Research Service

1996

Carver I: Alfred N. Poindexter
Prairie View A&M University

Carver II: Evelyn M. White
USDA Human Resource Management

1997

Carver I: Thomas T. Williams
Southern University and A&M College/Tuskegee University

Carver II: Ronald C. Wimberley
North Carolina State University

1998

Carver I: Jimmie Lee Edwards
University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff

Carver II: Pearlie Reed
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

1999

Carver I: Margaret Johnson
South Carolina State University

Carver II: John I. Just-Buddy
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

2000

Carver I: Fred Broughton
South Carolina State University

Carver II: Ralph Paige
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

2001

Carver I: Leodrey Williams
Southern University and A&M College

Carver II: Horace Smith
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

2002

Carver I: R. Grant Seals
Florida A&M University

Carver II: Lawrence Clark
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

2003

Carver I: Robert T. Church
Fort Valley State University

Carver II: Alma C. Hobbs
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service

2004

Carver I: Daniel D. Godfrey, Sr.
North Carolina A&T State University

Carver II: George E. Cooper
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service

2005

Carver I: Jesse Harness
Alcorn State University

Carver II: Carlton Davis
University of Florida

2006

Carver I: Marion F. Simon
Kentucky State University

Carver II: Clifford J. Herron
USDA Farm Service Agency

2007

Carver I: Ernest Holloway
Langston University

Carver II: Curtiland Deville
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service

2008

Carver I: Ulysses S. Washington, Jr
Delaware State University

Carver II: Emory Shaw Campbell
Penn Center (ret.) and Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center The Color of Wealth in the Green Economy: Best Practices, Programs and Policies

2009

Carver I: Benjamin F. Payton
Tuskegee University

Carver II: Shirley Sherrod
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and Georgia State Director USDA Rural Development

2010

Carver I: Hazo W. Carter, Jr.
West Virginia State University

Carver II: George M. Paris
Alabama State Department of Agriculture and Industries

2011

Carver I: Henry English.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Carver II: Calvin King
Arkansas land and Farm Development Corporation

2012

Carver I: Theodore Pinnock
Tuskegee University/Alcorn State University

Carver II: John Zippert
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

2013

Carver I: Carolyn Brooks
University of Maryland Eastern Shore/Association of Research Directors

Carver II: Geraldine Herring
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, USDA

2014

Carver I: Fitzroy “Roy” Bullock
Tennessee State University

Carver II: Lionel J. “Bo” Beaulieu
Purdue Center for Regional Development, Southern Rural Development Center