Dr. Jerry Caulder was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at commencement exercises May 12 in the Show Me Center at Southeast Missouri State University.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 14, 2007 — Dr. Jerry Caulder, a Southeast Missouri State University alumnus who is often referred to as the “Father of Agricultural Biotechnology,” was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at commencement exercises May 12 in the Show Me Center at Southeast Missouri State University.
An honorary degree is one of the most prestigious awards presented by Southeast Missouri State University. It is awarded for distinguished achievement, accomplishment or service that is recognized by peers in the field and by a broader spectrum of society.
Caulder, who presented the commencement address at Southeast, has had an unparalleled record of success in the life science industry. A native of Gideon, Mo., he grew up on a cotton farm and continues to own and operate the family farm there. After graduating from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree, he went on to earn both a master of science and a doctoral degree in plant physiology and agronomy from the University of Missouri. His wife, Carol, also graduated from Southeast with a degree in biology.
“The most rewarding thing about what I do is being involved in a technology that creates products which really make a difference in our society – from new drugs and medical devices to improvements in our food chain,” Caulder said.
Caulder, who holds several U.S. and foreign patents, previously has been honored with the Citation of Merit Award and the Alumni Merit Award from Southeast Missouri State University.
He is currently a founding partner, chairman and chief executive officer of Finistere, LLC. He has been the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of several biotechnology companies in agriculture, human health, medical devices and consumer products. He has served or is serving as the executive chairman of the board or chief executive officer of numerous companies: Mycogen Inc.; Mycogen Seed Co.; Myelos Neurosciences; Athenix, Inc.; Chlorogen, Inc.; Entomos, Inc.; S&M NuTech.; Never Compromise, Inc.; and Advanced Stent Technologies, Inc.; and others.
Caulder is former three times chairman of the Industrial Biotechnology Association, a predecessor to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and has served on BIO’s board of directors and chaired its Food and Agriculture Section. BioCom awarded him the James McGraw Award, their highest honor. He has served on and chaired several committees of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, given expert testimony before both houses of Congress and advised foreign governments on agriculture and biotechnology. He has been an advisor and speaker to numerous organizations, including the Brookings Institute, The Keystone Group and the World Economic Forum. In addition, Caulder has been profiled in various magazines and newspapers such as Forbes and USA Today. He is frequently quoted in the national media as an expert in the life sciences.
He has received the William Henry Hatch Memorial Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Land Grant Universities and Colleges. He has been honored as Man of the Year in Service to Agriculture by Progressive Farmer magazine and he has served as the D.W. Brooks lecturer at the University of Georgia. He was elected to the National FFA’s Hall of Achievement. The University of Missouri has awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree and their Alumnus of the Year award. The National Forum of Agriculture awarded him the prestigious Agricultural Vision Award.
Caulder is a member of the Advisory Council on Small Business and Agriculture of the Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco, Calif., a member of California and Missouri Governors’ Councils on Science and Technology and a former trustee of the Reuben H. Fleet Space Center in San Diego, Calif. He served as one of the founding directors of the World Agriculture Forum in St. Louis, Mo.