The AMSA Educational Foundation announced this week that Dr. Craig Bacon, Senior Vice-President of Research and Development for Tyson Foods, is a candidate for the Mentor Recognition award. Craig joined Tyson Foods in 1990 as a Food Technologist. and now leads the development of all products for Tyson Foods, Inc., the 2nd-largest food production company in the Fortune 500.
According to Amy Steward of Tyson, Craig has mentored over 400 scientists in his 27 years in the industry. "He also has had a direct impact on thousands of students of all ages with his leadership in 4H, FFA, and AMSA," maintains colleague Steve Goll. Through Craig’s efforts, numerous students have been exposed to a world class research and development department, many for the first time. Craig's mentoring includes service like:
- annually hosting newly elected National FFA Officers to mentor them on presentation skills, networking, and corporate insight
- speaking to students via RMC panel discussions regarding their preparation for and expectations of the working world
- initiating and championing several key student-oriented activities like Tyson's “Beyond Fresh Meats” short course, a robust summer internship program, and the sponsorship of AMSA Student Board of Directors activities and Collegiate Meats Judging
Craig was a past president of the American Meat Science Association and a frequent speaker on research and development in meat products. Additionally, Craig initiated the AMSA Sustaining Partner Student Development Program. Last year he was awarded the honor of being selected as one of AMSA's Fellows. Once the Craig Bacon Mentor Recognition fund is established, it will be used to endow scholarships for meat science students and meat judging contingency needs.
To make a gift to the fund in Craig's honor or for more information, visit this web page.