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Four Outstanding Alumni

Honoring our graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards.
From left: David Dell, Dean Rick Roush, Joel Krall (Outstanding Recent Alumni Honoree), Fred Metzger, and Barry Flinchbaugh

From left: David Dell, Dean Rick Roush, Joel Krall (Outstanding Recent Alumni Honoree), Fred Metzger, and Barry Flinchbaugh

Dave Dell

Dave Dell earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural mechanization at Penn State in 1976. He is currently the global marketing and sales director for the Brock Grain Systems division of CTB Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, where he has been responsible for strategic marketing, product development, and distribution management initiatives since 2013.

The first 31 years of Dell's career were spent at CNH America LLC, in New Holland, where he worked in service, sales, and marketing, ultimately serving as senior director of product marketing.

Dell is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, and has served on the Ag Alumni Society board of directors. In recognition of his service and contributions, he was inducted into the college's Armsby Honor Society and was honored as a member of the Penn State President's Club.

Barry Flinchbaugh

Barry Flinchbaugh earned a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1964 and a master's degree in agricultural economics in 1967, both at Penn State. He went on to earn a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University. In 1971, he joined the faculty of Kansas State University, where he continues to serve as a professor emeritus in the department of agricultural economics.

Flinchbaugh is known as a leading expert on agricultural policy and agricultural economics. His contributions include working with leaders on the development of national farm bills and serving as chairman of the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture formed by the 1996 FAIR Act.

He is a lifetime member of Penn State's Alumni Association, the Ag Alumni Society, and the Stockman's Club.

Fred Metzger

Fred Metzger earned a bachelor's degree in animal bioscience at Penn State in 1981 and graduated from the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He is the owner of Metzger Animal Hospital in State College and serves there as a doctor of veterinary medicine. Opened in 1992, the practice is now the largest veterinary hospital in central Pennsylvania.

Metzger co-authored the textbook A Guide to Hematology of the Dog and Cat and is the senior international adviser for Idexx Laboratories, the world's largest veterinary diagnostics company.

A lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Metzger has also served as a guest speaker for Penn State classes and often hosts pre-veterinary students for internships at the animal hospital.

Joel Krall

Joel Krall earned a bachelor's degree in animal science at Penn State in 2006 and went on to purchase his parents' dairy operation in South Lebanon. Today, Krall and his wife, Christine, own and operate Furnace Hill Holsteins, a registered herd of more than 500 Holstein dairy cows.

Krall is treasurer of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania board, president of the Lebanon County Holstein Association, and a member of Lebanon County's Pennsylvania Farm Bureau board. Krall has hosted Penn State agricultural students for tours of the farm, served as a guest speaker for agricultural classes, and helped support the student Dairy Science Club's fundraising activities.

--Amanda Yeager