Dr. Martin A. Massengale is President Emeritus, Director of the Center for Grassland Studies and Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Nebraska. He earned his B.S. degree at Western Kentucky University and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He joined the University of Nebraska as Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1976, then became Chancellor of the Lincoln campus and later President of the four-campus university.
Dr. Massengale has served as President or Chairman of many groups and/or organizations, on corporate boards, and is the current Chair of the Secretary of Agriculture’s National Advisory Board for Research, Education, Extension and Economics which is a congressionally mandated board reporting both to the Secretary and certain congressional committees and sub-committees. He has received many honors and awards, including the prestigious Fellow Award from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Agronomy.
He is currently serving on behalf of the NCAA as a mentor for new chancellors and presidents. He is a recipient of the coveted Wagonmaster Award from the NEBRASKAland Foundation for leadership and distinguished service to the State of Nebraska, and was selected as the 2008 recipient of Gamma Sigma Delta’s Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award. He is a prolific author and was named Midland Man of the Year in 1982.