Lee Sommers, director of the Colorado State University Agricultural Experiment Station, has been named a friend of Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. Sommers received the recognition at an awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 22, in Fort Collins. The award was given by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional fraternity for Cooperative Extension.
The award is given each year to a business or individual who is not employed by Cooperative Extension but who contributes significantly to the organization’s success.
Sommers has supported Cooperative Extension in many capacities, including serving as adviser and mentor to the director of Cooperative Extension for more than 10 years. Within his role as director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, Sommers has helped to integrate Cooperative Extension into research and educational opportunities within the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Natural Resources, Applied Human Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Sommers oversees multiple agricultural research programs at Colorado State and implements interdisciplinary programs in the planning processes for both Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station. He also has collaborated with Cooperative Extension leadership to implement projects and planning activities with commodity groups and farm organizations.