Lo­cal cou­ple to be honor at UGA cer­e­mony

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Former Jasper County Ex­ten­sion agent Jean Fowler may have re­tired in 2011, but she and her hus­band Rob con­tinue to pro­mote the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Col­lege of Agri­cul­tural and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences.

The Fowlers have trav­eled the globe pro­mot­ing the col­lege’s Dis­tance Di­ag­nos­tics through Dig­i­tal Imag­ing sys­tem while sup­port­ing the col­lege’s domestic and in­ter­na­tional outreach mis­sions.

“Jean and Rob Fowler have been tire­less ad­vo­cates for our work and in­valu­able am­bas­sadors of our pro­grams, es­pe­cially in Cen­tral Amer­ica,” said Dean J. Scott An­gle, of the Col­lege of Agri­cul­tural and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences.

An­gle will rec­og­nize the Fowlers’ con­tri­bu­tions to the col­lege with the CAES Medal­lion of Honor at the col­lege’s Dec. 14, fall com­mence­ment cer­e­mony. The award is given pe­ri­od­i­cally in recog­ni­tion of ser­vice to the col­lege and the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try in Ge­or­gia.

Rob Fowler, a re­tired pres­i­dent of Main Street Bank in Cov­ing­ton, helped ar­range the first en­dowed 4-H agent’s po­si­tion in UGA his­tory, also be­lieved to be the first en­dowed agent po­si­tion in the coun­try. In 2007, he worked with BB&T to cre­ate a $1.2 mil­lion en­dow­ment to con­tin­u­ously fund the 4-H agent’s po­si­tion in Jasper County.

Over the years, the cou­ple has hosted sev­eral in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from South Amer­ica, Cen­tral Amer­ica and Asia at their farm in New­ton County. Th­ese stu­dents have been able to com­plete grad­u­ate work and un­der­grad­u­ate in­tern­ships with the col­lege while liv­ing with the Fowlers.

Apart from their work with young peo­ple, the cou­ple was in­te­gral in im­ple­ment­ing use of UGA’s dis­tance di­ag­nos­tic sys­tem in Cen­tral Amer­ica, where it is help­ing curb pest prob­lems on farms and in ex­ports.

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