Strickland Selected for Horticulture Distinguished Alumni Award

Slade Strickland, center, and his wife Elizabeth accept the 2015-16 Horticulture Department Distinguished Alumnus Award from department head Wayne Mackay.
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Slade Strickland, center, and his wife Elizabeth accept the 2015-16 Horticulture Department Distinguished Alumnus Award from department head Wayne Mackay.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Slade Strickland, the director of parks, recreation and landscape development for the town of Addison, Texas, has been named the recipient of the 2015-16 Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Horticulture Department in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

Strickland earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture with an emphasis in landscape design and urban horticulture in 1981. He is also a certified parks and recreation professional, a certified arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture, a licensed landscape pesticide applicator by the Texas Department of Agriculture, a Texas-certified landscape professional and a licensed irrigator by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

"Slade Strickland is a leader in public horticulture in Texas, overseeing an impressive parks and recreation program," said horticulture department head Wayne Mackay. "His record of accomplishment and awards are a testament to his vision for the future, enthusiasm and dedication to excellence. We are happy to be able to recognize him as a Distinguished Alumnus."

After graduating from the U of A, Strickland, who lives in Plano, Texas, began his career as city horticulturist in Addison from 1982 to 1984. Addison is a North Dallas suburb.

He was assistant director of parks and landscape development from 1984 to 86 and has been director since 1987. He has developed and administered Addison's award-winning park system and landscape development master plan for more than 30 years. In addition to traditional park management and improvement, other projects include dog parks, hike and bike trail systems, athletic fields, fitness and municipal building facilities, special event sites, and boulevard streetscape design and management.

Strickland and his team have earned multiple Texas Recreation and Parks Society awards for design - including innovation awards for Addison Circle Park in 2006 and Parkview Park in 2004; American Society of Landscape Architects awards for excellence in design and construction for North Addison Linear Park in 1998, Celestial Park in 1993 and Quorum Park in 1992; the Texas Forest Service and Texas Urban Forestry Council merit award for White Rock Creek Jogging and Nature Trail Project in 1991; the North Central Texas American Planning Association excellence in development award for enhancing public open space in 1991; and an America In Bloom Turf and Groundcovers excellence award in 2010 for overall city development.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
479-575-4625, robbye@uark.edu


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