David Notter, professor of animal and poultry science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1977, Notter made significant contributions to research on quantitative genetics and breeding of farm animals, writing more than 140 articles in refereed journals and directing numerous sponsored research and development projects. He is recognized as an authority on the global management of farm animal genetic resources by his many collaborations with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and other international agricultural bodies.

He served domestic livestock industries as director of the National Sheep Improvement Program Genetic Evaluation Center, by participation in the Beef Improvement Federation, and as a speaker at numerous industry programs.

Notter received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.