, | Certificate of Distinction: 1938
John Harrison Skinner was born at Romney, Indiana, in Tippecanoe County, March 10, 1874. After the usual routine in the public schools he entered Purdue University in 1893 and completed the four-year course in 1897, with the degree of Bachelor of Science. For two and a half years following he managed his father's grain and stock farm, after which he returned to Purdue and began work in 1899 as assistant agriculturist in the experiment station, continuing until the fall of 1901, when he went to the University of Illinois as instructor in animal husbandry for a year. Returning to Purdue, he was made associate professor of animal husbandry, then professor of animal husbandry, and was later promoted to Dean of the School of Agriculture in 1907. Skinner was the first Dean of Purdue’s School of Agriculture (1907-1939). He grew the program from one building and 150 acres to ten buildings and 1,000 acres during his tenure as dean. He was a member of the American Breeders' Association, the Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Science and secretary of the Indiana Live Stock Breeders' Association.