Loftus Receives National Volunteer Award

Nelson Loftus, ’58, ’62g Forestry, ’66 Ph.D. Agronomy, was recently awarded the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) Volunteer Service Award. The award is presented to those who volunteer with and further the goals of their institutions, as well as inspire and encourage others to further the success of their alma maters’ agriculture and alumni programs.

A retired senior scientist and research administrator with the U.S. Forest Service, Loftus served on the Ag Alumni Society Board of Directors from 2000 to 2011, serving as financial secretary, president, and past president. He was instrumental in leading a new campaign to raise $95,000 to fully endow the Ag Alumni Society’s Student Internship Award, which more than met its goal.

Roger Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, had these words of support for Loftus: “His passion for Penn State translates into action and to getting things done in ways that strengthen the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State and his beloved alma mater.”

“Dr. Nelson Loftus exemplifies the very best qualities of our very best alumni. He is a shining exemplar of everything we look for in a service-minded alumnus.”