Kenneth Webb Jr. honored with emeritus status

Kenneth Webb Jr.

Kenneth Webb Jr.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 27, 2010 – Kenneth Webb Jr., professor of animal and poultry sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1969, Webb made significant research contributions, authored 115 peer-reviewed papers, 190 abstracts, seven book chapters, and numerous conference proceedings and technical reports as well as a U.S. patent in the course of this work. He served in a number of national professional technical societies, including as ruminant nutrition section editor of the Journal of Animal Science, as nutrition division editor for the Journal of Animal Science, and as a member of the board of directors for the Journal of Animal Science.

Webb’s research excellence was acknowledged by his profession with Virginia Tech’s Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award, the American Society for Nutrition’s Milton L. Sunde Award, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Award for Research Excellence for Basic Research, the American Society of Animal Science’s Fellow Award in Research, and the University of Kentucky’s Animal and Food Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award.

In addition, he served as the graduate advisor for 155 master’s and doctoral students in nine departments, and as advisor for 20 master’s and 16 doctoral students in his laboratory.

Webb received his bachelor’s degree from the Ohio University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.

Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,100 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.