was recently designated the Gerald A. Simmons Professor of Dairy Science in the School of Animal Sciences.
This professorship was funded by contributions from friends of Gerald Simmons in recognition of his many contributions to the dairy industry in the state and region. The donation was matched by the Louisiana Board of Regents to establish a $100,000 endowment.
Williams received her B.S. degree in dairy science from LSU, her M.S. degree in dairy science from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. degree in animal science from Auburn University.
She joined the faculty at LSU in dairy science in 1998. Other honors include the Tiger Athletic Foundation Outstanding Assistant Professor in the College of Agriculture, the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Excellence in Teaching Award, the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award, and the American Dairy Science Association Outstanding National Advisor Award. Williams is a member of the Louisiana Agriculture editorial board.
Simmons, a native of Simmesport, earned a bachelor’s degree from LSU in 1957. In 1958-59, he was a county agent in Cameron Parish and in 1959, became legislative and membership director of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. In 1966-67, he served as an assistant legislative director of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C.
He returned to Baton Rouge in 1967 as membership director of the Chamber of Commerce and in 1973, became executive manager of the Louisiana Dairy Products Association, a position he holds today. Linda Foster Benedict
(This article was published in the summer 2007 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)