For faculty and staff

Pat and Tom Buchanan Endowment Professional Development Award


Pat and Tom Buchanan believe in University of Missouri Extension. They have a desire to support the organization and a goal to see regional extension specialists enhance their knowledge and skills through professional development. Because of these key reasons, they have financed an endowment to create opportunities for regional extension specialists to strengthen their abilities to provide the people of Missouri with quality extension programs.

"We felt that providing this endowment would give extension faculty members an additional opportunity to enhance their skills. It is our way of giving something back to the organization that played an important role in our lives." –Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan worked for MU Extension for 30 years, starting as a county home economist and later working as a regional textile and apparel management specialist. Pat also worked as the assistant to the director of cooperative extension and affirmative action coordinator. In 1994, she accepted a position as regional director with University of Illinois Cooperative Extension. She retired in 2002.

After 10 years as a contracting engineer in private industry, Tom Buchanan changed careers to become an extension business and industry specialist. He spent 24 years working for MU Extension and four years working with Illinois Cooperative Extension.

This award will be given each year to an MU Extension faculty member to support professional development opportunities. Because of Pat and Tom’s work with Human Environmental Sciences and Business Development, preference will be given to regional extension specialists in these areas.


Recipients receive up to $500 (based on actual expenses) for an approved professional development activity.


Applications will be reviewed based on the professional development plan of the individual extension specialist. Applicants must:

  • Currently be employed as a University of Missouri Extension regional faculty member.
  • Have three (3) years of consecutive employment with the University of Missouri.
  • Preference will be given to business and industry or human environmental sciences regional extension specialists.


Decisions will be based on:

  • Relationship of proposed professional development opportunity to the applicant's professional development plan.
  • Individual initiative and creativity.
  • Benefit of professional development opportunity to the individual, organization and clientele.
  • Applicant has not received award before.

Applications must be submitted prior to the professional development experience.

Nominations and selection

Nominations are reviewed by the Fellowship and Awards Committee appointed by the vice chancellor for extension and engagement. The committee — composed of representatives of UMEA, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the University of Missouri campuses and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement — makes recommendations to the vice chancellor, who makes the final selection.

Nomination materials should include the nomination form, a three- to five-page narrative that addresses the award criteria and a resume or a curriculum vitae with focus on how it relates to the award. Three letters of support are required. One must be from the nominee’s supervisor and the other letters can be from colleagues and clientele.



Submit nominations to:

MU Extension Awards Committee
205 Whitten Hall
Columbia, MO 65211


Award location

Award will be presented at annual conference or its equivalent (Galaxy).

Award recipients


2016 Damaris Mumbi Karanja
2015 Patricia Louise Snodgrass
2014 Melissa M. Bess
2013 Wendeline S. Brumbaugh
2012 Kandace Lenae Fisher-McLean
2011 Kathryn Evelyn Macomber
2010 Cynthia E. Crawford
2009 Virgil W. Woolridge
2008 Glenda Iva Kinder
2007 Jacqueline Anne Rasmussen
2006 Carole Grigsby Bozworth
2005 Janet Carol LaFon