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News Release

ACES Dean Kidwell named Fellow in Crop Science Society of America

Source: Sara Uttech, 608-268-4948,

News writer: Debra Levey Larson, 217-244-2880,


EDITOR’S NOTE: A high-resolution photo of Kimberlee Kidwell is available online.

URBANA, Ill. – The highest recognition one can receive from the Crop Science Society of America is to be named Fellow. In fact, only 0.3 percent of CSSA’s active and emeritus members can receive this particular award. Members of the society nominate their colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service.


Today, Kimberlee Kae Kidwell received that honor.


Kidwell is a co-author on 63 peer-reviewed publications and has three research patents. She is well known for her plant breeding efforts to improve wheat variety, having released over 20 varieties, several of which are still prominent in commercial production. She also facilitates life-skill trainings for university and industry participants.


“I was honored to nominate Dr. Kidwell for the award. As a colleague and friend I appreciate her excellence in research and teaching and especially her mentorship of young people in science, especially women,” says Kim Garland Campbell, research geneticist with the USDA-ARS in Pullman, Wash. and adjunct faculty member in the Washington State University Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.


In Kidwell’s previous positions at Washington State University, she served as wheat breeder, Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and Director of the Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership.


On Nov. 1, Kidwell assumed her new role as Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. As an administrator, Kidwell focuses on building a job-ready work force for agriculture, industry needs, student retention, and professional development activities.


She received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois and a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin.


More information about the 2016 awards is available on the CSSA website.




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