Four faculty members and service professionals will receive the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the improvement of the quality of life in Georgia and beyond.
This year’s Hill Award recipients are Alfredo Martinez, Raye Rawls, Paula Sanford and Clint Waltz.
Martinez, a professor of plant pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, focuses on disease management and production practices for turfgrass, small grains and grass forages in Georgia.
Rawls, a public service associate at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, works in community leadership development with a specialty in conflict resolution, mediation and arbitration.
Sanford, a public finance and organization specialist at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has helped public agencies throughout Georgia address critical governance issues on retirement benefit reforms through applied research and technical assistance.
Waltz, a professor and turfgrass extension specialist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has statewide responsibilities in all turfgrass management areas, including turfgrass water management.