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Beth Guertal, professor of turfgrass and nutrient management in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, has been named the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s first Rowe Endowed Professor. The endowed professorship was established by 1978 Auburn alumni Mike and Leann Rowe to support tenured faculty who have demonstrated strong commitment to students, teaching, research and service. Guertal joined the Auburn faculty in 1993 and has won numerous teaching and student advising awards, including the university’s Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence. As a soil scientist, she is one of only three women in the world who is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Society of America and the Crop Science Society of America. She recently was elected president of the latter. The Rowes live in St. Petersburg, Florida, and are longtime supporters of Auburn’s colleges of Agriculture, Human Sciences and Liberal Arts.