Alumnus Jim Herbert to Speak to Graduates on May 12


James Herbert

University of Tennessee Animal Science alumnus Jim Herbert, Chairman and CEO of Neogen Corporation, returns to campus May 12 to deliver the commencement address to spring graduates of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). Photo courtesy Neogen. Download image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Tennessee Animal Science alumnus Jim Herbert, Chairman and CEO of Neogen Corporation, returns to campus My 12 to deliver the commencement address to spring graduates of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). The ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. in Thompson Boling Arena. Neogen is a publicly held company located in Lansing, Michigan, focused on the development, manufacturing and marketing of products for food and animal safety.
Founded by Herbert in 1982, Neogen pioneered rapid diagnostic testing, and its test kits have gained worldwide use as the gold standard for numerous domestic and international regulatory agencies and industries.

Neogen has been named one of Forbes magazine's 200 Best Small Companies in America and one of Fortune magazine's 100 Fastest-Growing Small Companies in America.
 
Herbert graduated from UT in 1963 with a double major in animal science and journalism and completed advanced studies at Emory University and Harvard. He has been an officer or member of the Board of Directors of more than 30 corporations during his career and has served as a special advisory for business development to two Michigan governors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Tennessee Foundation.
Herbert was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up on family cotton and cattle farms. He continues a direct interest in agriculture production as the owner of Bar-H Ranches, a commercial beef cattle operation in the hill country near Hamilton, Texas.
Joining Herbert at the podium to address graduates will be 2016 CASNR Outstanding Faculty Advisor Gina Pighetti, associate professor of animal science, and Will Freeman, a senior in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications who served as the 2015-16 president of the UT Knoxville Student Government Association.

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