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February 27, 2017

Communications and ag education leader honored as distinguished alumna at alma mater

Submitted by Mary Lou Peter

Kristina Boone, professor and head of the communications and agriculture education department in K-State's College of Agriculture, was among six distinguished alumni honored Feb. 20 by Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards were presented at Texas Tech's McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center in Lubbock, Texas.

The awards honor Texas Tech graduates who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources.

Boone graduated cum laude from Texas Tech in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural communication. While working on her undergraduate degree, she served on the departmental advisory council and College of Agriculture student council. She held local and national offices in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

Boone came to Manhattan in 1995 as an assistant professor in agricultural communication, was named interim department head in 2002 and became the permanent department head in 2005. 

After more than 20 years at K-State, Boone recently announced she will return to Ohio State University, where she earned her master's and doctoral degrees. As of April 1, she will serve as the director of the university's Agricultural Technical Institute.