Department of Animal Science Professor Michael Darre, who retired in August, recently received the Provost’s Outstanding Service Award, which is designed to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in service to the University of Connecticut that far exceeds reasonable expectations of their positions. The award honors faculty whose volunteer service (i.e., not that assigned as part of one’s job description or expectations in teaching, research or assigned service) is exemplary in enhancing the University’s mission in teaching, research, service, or engagement.
By honoring such individuals, the University demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance, provides incentive for faculty to pursue activities that enhance the quality of their service, and emphasizes the importance of outstanding service.
Provost and Executive Vice President Craig Kennedy read this at the ceremony. Professor Darre has been a member of the Department of Animal Science since 1981 and has given consistent, inspiring, and caring service at the departmental, college, university, and community levels. In his 37 years at the University, he provided leadership, wisdom, and work in some of UConn’s most prestigious, significant, and time-consuming roles, including as a member of the University Committee of Three; the University Senate Executive Committee; the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee (for more than 12 years), twice serving as Chair; the General Education Oversight Committee; the Senate Diversity Committee; and the President’s Honors and Awards Committee.
In his most visible, and time-intensive role, Professor Darre served as the University Marshal at all of the graduation ceremonies for 12 years with a gracious warmth that epitomized UConn’s hospitality, dignity, and values. With equal dedication and acumen, he also filled many leadership roles in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and the Department of Animal Science. In the latter, among his many service contributions, are two that are truly remarkable for their duration and commitment to student development: Advisor to the Poultry Club for about 35 years and to the Block and Bridle Club for nearly 25 years. Such outstanding service has been recognized by awards from the CAHNR, from the University (Engagement Award), and from the UConn AAUP Chapter, and his work as a distinguished teacher was recognized by two CAHNR Awards.
His manifold contributions were warmly supported in his nomination by colleagues from CAHNR and the University who recognized Dr. Darre as an epitome of faculty service.