Poucher To Receive ACE Award Of Excellence In Communications Management

Source:
Ashley Wood amw@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7228, ext. 293

GAINESVILLE—Donald W. Poucher, assistant vice president for external relations and communications with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), will receive the Award of Excellence in Communications Management from Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) at its national meeting in Washington, D.C. on July 25.

In announcing the award, ACE Vice President Ashley Wood said Poucher is being recognized by the international organization for “substantial and creative contributions to the communication and information technology profession, and his leadership and involvement in ACE over a number of years.”

University of Florida Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mike Martin said Poucher has helped accelerate awareness of the impact of UF/IFAS programs.

“We’re proud of Don’s many contributions to agricultural communications and especially pleased that other recognize them as well,” Martin said.

ACE membership includes more than 700 communication professionals at land-grant universities, government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and various agricultural development organizations in 10 foreign countries.

As assistant vice president, Poucher is responsible for UF/IFAS public relations, news and internal and external relations activities; federal relations and communication; decision maker education programs; constituent relations and communications; communications strategic planning; internal communications strategy and coordination; crisis communications; and institutional marketing programs, including positioning and identity programs.

He also serves as the UF/IFAS public information officer for the UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, College of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station. He previously served as director of external relations and communications for UF/IFAS and as director of the IFAS Communication Services unit.

His service to IFAS and the UF spans a 34-year period during which time he served as a tenured assistant and associate professor. He has held posts of assistant to the president and director of alumni affairs.

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