HERNDON, Va. — The PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation has named Greg Davis, head of academic advising in the Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources department of Kansas State University, the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. The award was presented March 15 at PLANET’s Student Career Days event hosted by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture, a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications, and doctorate degree in ornamental horticulture from Kansas State University. He now teaches six courses throughout the year at Kansas State, mostly in horticultural design.

Davis’s interest in horticulture and landscaping stem from an ongoing love of the outdoors and a small lawn care business he had in high school, making the decision to explore horticulture in his undergraduate work evident. His hands-on approach to teaching is credited for preparing students to take on careers in the industry.

The Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, developed by the PLANET AEF in cooperation with the PLANET Accreditation Committee, recognizes professors who have made significant contributions to landscape industry education. Educators nominated for this award have devoted time, energy and enthusiasm to their programs and to the education of future leaders of the industry.