West Lafayette, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2010
Wayne Singleton is Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. He retired in 2003, after spending his entire career of 33 years at Purdue as Extension Swine Specialist in breeding herd management. Singleton is currently a swine breeding consultant as the principal of Reproductive Management Services LLC. A native of Knox County, Singleton graduated from Vincennes University in 1964 with an A.S. and from Purdue University in 1966 with a B.S. in Animal Science. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science from South Dakota State University in 1968 and 1970, respectively.
Singleton joined the Purdue faculty in 1970, and throughout his career was dedicated to educating swine producers about improved reproductive management techniques. He is considered a pioneer in the discipline of swine breeding because of his contributions to the broad and successful adoption of artificial insemination (AI) in the swine industry. AI revolutionized swine production since 1990, when only 5% of females were mated artificially. Currently, 85% of matings utilize AI, allowing producers to use superior sires and resulting in significant improvement of market hogs. Singleton was tireless in his pursuit of improved educational delivery. He took two sabbaticals to research distance education methods and improving employee education programs so that he could better serve his swine producer clients, and even utilized a television series to teach AI techniques across the country.
During his career Singleton authored 45 research publications, more than 50 Extension publications, six videocassettes and numerous other swine breeding herd management publications, and he was selected as one of six international authors for a comprehensive CD “Reproductive Management of Pigs-Ver. II” in 2003. He conducted more than 800 educational meetings in Indiana and nationally that reached more than 80,000 attendees, and he gave invited presentations in 20 states and 10 countries on four continents. He also served on 45 graduate student committees.
His professional and scholastic memberships include: American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCESA), Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Zeta, Indiana Pork Producers Association and Indiana Pork Advocacy Coalition. His leadership activities include: ASAS (Editorial Board and Chair of Extension Section); Purdue Animal Sciences Extension Coordinator (nine years); Indiana Pork Producers Executive Board (Secretary 1986-2004); National Pork Board (current member, Producer Education Committee). Singleton also served on the board of directors of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association, where he chaired the Latta Games Committee. He was faculty advisor to Chauncey Cooperative House from 1976-86.
Locally he was a Battle Ground 4-H Leader, coached youth soccer and baseball, and was active with the Battle Ground Middle School PTA and was a member of the Harrison High School Vocational Educational Advisory Committee.
Singleton has received many accolades for his contributions, most notably: Outstanding Alumnus, Vincennes University (1988); Meritorious Service Award, Indiana Pork Producers Association (1980); Eric Sharvelle Distinguished Extension Specialist Award, Purdue University (1988); Extension Specialists’ Award, ASAS (1997); Outstanding Teacher in Animal Sciences, Purdue School of Agriculture (2001); Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence for Educational Service to Rural People of Indiana (2003); Distinguished Service Award, National Pork Board (2007); and Pork Industry Master, National Hog Farmer Magazine (2008).