2011 LEADERSHIP AWARD

Dr. Von D. Jolley

Dr. Von D. Jolley
Dr. Von D. Jolley has been a mentor and friend at Brigham Young University to hundreds of students learning agronomy, soil science, and plant nutrition. Since arriving at BYU in 1977, Von has had a distinguished career as a scientist; publishing over 100 peer-reviewed articles, numerous books, chapters, and papers. He was honored as a Fellow of the ASA and a Fellow of the SSSA in recognition of his many professional contributions. He is an excellent writer and is in demand as an editor for numerous scientific publications. The challenge of achieving this high level of scientific rigor at a non-land grant institution is considerable.

Perhaps Dr. Jolley’s greatest professional legacy is the many undergraduate and graduate students that he has trained and the lives that he has positively influenced. He has received University awards for teaching in the classroom and has served as a patient mentor to countless numbers of students. His encouragement and confidence has led many of his former students to pursue professional and personal goals that did not seem possible. His remarkable enthusiasm and unfailing support has provided a professional and personal impact that is quite rare among top-level scientists.

Dr. Jolley was instrumental in establishing the predecessor of the Western Nutrient Management Conference and served on the organizing committee for the first Western Nutrient Management Committee in 1995. He continues to be a strong supporter of the WERA-103 meetings, bringing van-loads of students to professional meetings to encourage them to achieve excellence in their personal and scientific lives.

Bruce L. Webb

Bruce L. Webb
Mr. Bruce L. Webb began his professional career at Brigham Young University in 1973 as a Research Technician in the Soil & Plant Analytical Laboratory. Bruce’s talents in the laboratory were quickly recognized and he was promoted first to Director and then Senior Scientist of the Laboratory, where he has guided chemical analysis for over 30 years. In addition to supervising the laboratory, Bruce has taught analytical skills to hundreds of graduate students and provided many students their first exposure to Introductory Soil Science in the classroom. Bruce always insists on high quality work and demanded that students perform to the best of their abilities, encouraging them to stretch their capacity.

Although not a formal part of his job description, Bruce has been active in publishing his research results related to soil and plant analysis, plant nutrition, and nutrient management. Bruce has numerous international colleagues who he has assisted in developing new techniques for soil and plant testing, especially in laboratory conditions suitable for less-developed conditions.

Bruce Webb and Von Jolley are jointly recognized with this leadership award for promoting excellence in soil and plant science in the Western U.S. and for their dedication in passing on their passion and enthusiasm for agronomy to future generations.