The Clintonville Public School District has announced that Dr. Michael P. Hoffmann, Ph.D, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the distinguished Alumnus Honoris award.
Dr. Hoffmann has distinguished himself in his professional career and his lifetime of achievements makes him a very deserving recipient of this great honor. He grew up on a small, family farm south of Clintonville and is a 1966 graduate of Clintonville High School.
After high school, Dr. Hoffmann spent one year in college before serving four years in the United States Marine Corp which included one tour in Vietnam. Following his service in the Marine Corp, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University Wisconsin – Green Bay in 1975, his Masters from the University of Arizona in 1978, and his PhD in Entomology from the University of California, Davis in 1990.
Dr. Hoffmann is the director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, headquartered on the Cornell main campus, and an associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As associate dean, he contributes to strategic planning and represents the college to various state and regional organizations.
As director, he oversees the allocation of over $5.9 million in federal formula funds for applied research and ensures that these resources are used to address the needs of stakeholders in New York State. He also oversees seven of the College’s farms and extensive plant growth facilities including 4 acres of research greenhouses.
His major area of interest is sustainability with particular emphasis on climate change, energy conservation, and the fostering of leadership among staff and faculty. For example, he has empowered Agricultural Experiment staff to adopt a culture of sustainability, which is focused on reducing costs and carbon footprint.
Prior to his current position he was associate director of Cornell Cooperative Extension for Agriculture and Food Systems (2003-2005) and director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program (1999-2006). He is a professor in the Department of Entomology and maintains a research program focused on IPM strategies for vegetable crops.
Dr. Hoffmann currently resides in Ithaca, New York with his wife. He is also the father of two daughters.