OSU professor wins group's highest award for service

May 12, 2003

CORVALLIS - Oregon State University professor Michael J. Burke was awarded the American Distance Education Consortium's highest award for service, the Irving Award, at ADEC's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Burke is associate dean of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences, associate director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station and professor emeritus in the Department of Horticulture.

"Burke has provided outstanding leadership to ADEC in the development of academically focused distance education programs," said Thayne Dutson, dean of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Dutson chairs ADEC's board of directors.

"His wisdom, his warmth, his creativity and wit have served the organization and its membership in a superior manner," said Janet Poley, president of ADEC.

With ADEC, Burke has studied ways that land grant university education and research programs might be improved in Mexico, Latin America and the Middle East.

ADEC is an international consortium of state and land grant colleges and universities that provide distance education programs via the web and satellite.

Author: Carol Savonen
Source: Thayne Dutson, Janet Poley