MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture recently awarded their annual Outstanding Young Alumnus and Outstanding Alumnus.
David Hayden was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Young Alumnus. Hayden received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with an area in Animal Science from Murray State in 2007.
While at Murray State, Hayden was a member of the Horseman’s Club and served as an Agriculture Ambassador, as a member of the Agricultural Leadership Council and as a Director of the Kentucky Junior Cattleman’s Association.
Hayden participated in the National Exchange Program and attended Oklahoma State University. This experience at OSU led him to return there as a graduate assistant, and he completed his Master of Science with an emphasis in Meat Science in 2010.
His post-degree employment began as an Application Specialist with Wolf-Tec Incorporated in December 2010. In June 2014, he was promoted to Regional Sales manager, and then, in December 2014, his role evolved into a Regional Technical Sales Manager position where he improved sales from $2.2 million to more than $7 million in just over a year, becoming the leading sales territory within Wolf-Tec division of JBT Corporation.
Hayden has remained a consistent supporter of Murray State Agriculture since graduation. Following the model of his former Allegro mentors, in 2015 he established the David Hayden Agriculture renewable scholarship of $1000 per year to be given to a Murray State student.
Arthur Green was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alumnus. Green received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Murray State in 1973 and a master’s degree in 1975.
Green began his educational career as a Teacher of Agricultural Education and FFA advisor at Todd County High School where he taught from 1973 to 2006. Green also served as Todd County Judge Executive from 2007 to 2010 and also served on many local, area, and state associations and committees.
Green was appointed by the governor to serve on the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board from 2000 to 2004. He has served the FFA through the FFA Alumni, currently serving as state president, and he also serves on the Kentucky FFA Foundation.
Green has consistently supported Murray State agriculture by regularly attending events on campus, recruiting students, making donations and serving on the AGR fraternity alumni board.
“The Agricultural Alumni Association has been presenting the Outstanding Alumnus Award since 1965 and the Outstanding Young Alumni since 2007,” said Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture. “Murray State Agriculture alumni have taken their place in the field of agriculture all across our region and across the nation. Each year we recognize individuals who have excelled in their chosen area of agriculture and who have given back to Murray State. We are pleased to add Arthur Green and David Hayden to our list of ‘Who’s Who’ of Murray State Agriculture.”