Alumnus of the Year

Sponsored by the Mississippi State University Alumni Association, the Alumnus of the Year Program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers.

College and School Alumni of the Year

The College Alumni of the Year program recognizes alumni who have made a significant contribution to human or institutional progress in which a situation, institution, or movement has been materially changed for the better because of their participation.

This award recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional accomplishments, and community service best exemplify the mission of Mississippi State University.

2022 Alumnus Of The Year - Daniel B. "Dan" Batson

Daniel B. 'Dan' Batson

Daniel B. "Dan" Batson of Perkinston is a third-generation Bulldog and horticulturist who has used his skills to become a recognized leader in his industry. He completed both his bachelor's and master's degrees in ornamental horticulture in 1980 and 1982, respectively. The following year, Batson and his wife Kathy established GreenForest Nursery in Perkinston. Serving as president and CEO, he has positioned GreenForest Nursery as one of the most progressive green industry businesses in the country. Batson is an avid leader in his profession and community and has received numerous awards throughout his career, including being named the 2010 Swisher Sweets Mississippi Farmer of the Year and the 2013 Nursery Management Magazine Grower of the Year.