AOSCA CEO Sarah Wilbanks Receives 2021 CAFLS Young Alumni Award From Clemson University

Clemson, SC (December 15, 2021) — Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) honored four alumni last month for their outstanding service to the college, University, and agribusiness industry.

For 2021, the CAFLS Alumni Board selected two Young Alumni, two Professional Achievement Award winners and one Distinguished Service Award winner. Since the event was held virtually in 2020, the college also honored last year’s recipients.

New AOSCA CEO Sarah Wilbanks was among the honorees.

“We are fortunate in CAFLS to have numerous outstanding alumni and it is always a great day when we can recognize them for their professional achievements," said CAFLS Director of Alumni Relations Paula Beecher. "We have not been able to celebrate our award winners in person the last couple of years, so this event was a great opportunity to welcome them back to campus. The achievements of these winners are impressive, and we are honored to have them as representatives of Clemson and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.”

Sarah Wilbanks, 2021 CAFLS Young Alumni Award

One of the 2021 CAFLS Young Alumni Awards went to Sarah Wilbanks, who has earned two degrees from CAFLS. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Agricultural Education, received her Master’s in Agricultural Leadership from University of Georgia in 2013, then earned her Ph.D. from Clemson in Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2018.

“Sarah, on a daily basis, demonstrates strong leadership skills and professionalism beyond her years," said Mike Weyman, Clemson University Regulatory Services Deputy Director. "Her experience with Clemson University as well as the community is commendable and she is always willing to go above and beyond for her teammates.”

Wilbanks has spent the past several years as manager of Clemson’s Fertilizer and Seed Certification Program and was recently named director of The Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA).

See the Clemson news release for more information about the awards.

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