Dr. Don Ball
(Inducted in 2000)
Dr. Don Ball, a 1968 WKU graduate, is a distinguished professor of agronomy who has a high level of professional visibility at all levels - state, national and international. As an extension agronomist and alumni professor of agronomy at Auburn University, Dr. Ball is the author of dozens of bulletins, circulars, scientific papers and technical articles as well as more than 400 articles in popular farm magazines and trade journals.
The Owensboro, Ky., native graduated with master's and doctoral degrees from Auburn University, then joined the faculty there. He is assigned statewide responsibility in Alabama where he is the only extension faculty member assigned to work with forage crops.
Dr. Ball has received numerous awards for his work, including the Superior Service Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Merit and Medallion awards from the American Forage and Grassland Council, fellowship in two scientific professional societies, the Auburn University Extension Excellence Award, and the American Society of Agronomy Agronomic Extension Education Award. He was named the WKU Agricultural Alumnus of the Year in 1990.
He is married to Vonda Hatcher Ball and they have two children, Kelly Wayne Ball and Allison Lee Ball.