A&E alumnus Dr. Tom Thompson honored by leading scientific societies

Posted September 15, 2010

ACU’s Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is continually producing exceptional alumni. Dr. Tom Thompson (’85) has been recognized for this excellence by both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America as a Fellow, the highest recognition for society members.

Dr. Tom ThompsonMembers of the societies nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service, according to the ASA website. Only 0.3 percent of a Society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.

“To be honored by one’s peers is very humbling,” says Thompson. “I have had the privilege of working with some wonderful people and it is very gratifying to receive this recognition.”

Thompson, professor and chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University, was nominated for the fellowship in March of this year, and will be presented with the honors in November.

In addition to his work as a TTU administrator, Thompson leads research programs in sustainable agriculture practices. He is the first recipient of TTU’s J.A. Love Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture.

Thompson graduated from Abilene Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, before continuing on to a master’s degree in soil chemistry and fertility from Texas A&M University. He received his doctorate in soil chemistry from Iowa State University.