Horace S. Tyler, a native of rural Remington, is an assistant to the dean of agriculture and assistant professor of agricultural communications who will retire in March. He is in charge of developing information programs aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of agriculture and food production, processing and marketing systems. He is program coordinator to the Indiana Agriculture Leadership Program, and chairman of the County Ag Day organizations for the Indiana Ag Day Committee.
A veteran of World War II where he served in the Army Medical Corps in the China-Burma-Indiana Theater. After the war he returned to Indiana to complete a baccalaureate in agricultural economics in 1950. He also completed a master’s degree in extension education at Colorado State University in 1966.
Tyler worked two years for the Cooperative Extension Service as an assistant agricultural agent in Gibson County. He returned to the campus as assistant agricultural agent in Gibson County. He returned to the campus as a broadcast information specialist with the Department of Agricultural Information. Twice, he served as acting head of the department, and also manager of the department’s teaching, training, research and evaluation.
Tyler was appointed assistant to the dean of agriculture in 1977, and helped to organize to state’s first Agricultural Leadership Training program which was funded by the Indiana Institute of Food and Agriculture. He continues to serve as the coordinator. He also served as state chairman of Agriculture Day.
Tyler served as secretary, vice president and president of the Agricultural Alumni Association. He served on the board of directors and on committees for Operation Brainpower, Project Agriventure, and the Fish Fry.
Tyler is a 38-year member of the Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE), and has served as a national director. He received the organization’s Pioneer Award. A former member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, Tyler has served as a state representative. He has also received the Career Award for Excellence from the Cooperative Extension Specialists Association, and the Distinguished Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi. He is an FFA Honorary State Farmer.
Tyler is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta and Ceres honorary societies, and the Masonic Lodge.