JoAnn and Dale Huffman Endowed Scholarship in Animal Science

A conversation with Dale L. Huffman.

Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
This scholarship honors my wife, JoAnn Huffman, and enhances meat science programs at Auburn University.

What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
JoAnn Huffman stood by me and supported me throughout my career. Our journey together included my BS degree at Cornell University as well as MS and PhD degrees at the University of Florida. During this time she worked to provide financial support for our family. Following graduate school, we relocated to Swift and Co. in Chicago before accepting a faculty position at Auburn University. JoAnn accompanied me and our family on trips to professional meetings as well as consulting trips in the US and overseas.

Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I joined the Auburn faculty in 1963 and initiated the meat science teaching and research program. The greatest satisfaction for me has come from working with students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The freedom to conduct research that excited students and had an impact on the meat industry was a major benefit to my career.

What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
In addition to the financial support, I hope the recipients will gain a better impression of the opportunities for a career in areas related to meat science.