, | Certificate of Distinction: 2011
John Trott is a former director of the Purdue Agricultural Centers and Assistant to the Director of the Office of Agricultural Research Programs. Before taking those positions he worked as an Extension Educator. John graduated from Purdue with a B.S. and an M.S. in agriculture.
As Director of the Purdue Agricultural centers, John developed and coordinated plans for site-specific research with departments in the College of Agriculture. He was also responsible for recruiting, hiring, and evaluating the eight farm superintendents and the general management of the farmland. In his position as Director he improved the coordination between the Research Stations and the Extension Service to benefit Indiana agriculture.
As an Assistant to the Director of the Office of Agricultural Research Programs, he provided administrative assistance to various agricultural councils across the state. He also assisted the director in overseeing the departmental research facilities and identifying linkages between the departmental farms. He represented the Dean and the Director very well in any situation they asked him to take on.
John also impacted Indiana agriculture through his work with the Extension Service. As the Public Policy agent in St. Joseph County he coordinated and directed a program that maintained educational programs for over 40,000 participants. During his years there, over 8,500 youth participated in 4-H, making it the second largest 4-H program in the state. While working in Monroe County, John initiated the “Farmers Breakfast” where farmers met with business people to help them understand farming operations. In Marshall County he started a 4-H Community Development program to bring youth into the community decision making process.
The leadership experience John gained from his career is also shared with agricultural and community organizations. He has been president of the Agriculture/Community Development section of the Indiana Extension Agents Association, member of the Indiana 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, and led tours of Washington D.C. for Purdue’s CARET group. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of PEFCU and the Lafayette Rotary Club.