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Five under 40

From left to right: Travis Moore, Marcus Jones, Lauren Griffeth, Sam Watson and Casey Bethel

Five CAES Alumni Named to UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40

Five University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences alumni are part of the UGA Alumni Association’s 2017 40 Under 40.

The association’s annual 40 Under 40 list recognizes young UGA graduates who plan to maintain a lifelong commitment to the university and impact lives through their professional and personal endeavors.

  1. Travis Moore (BSA – Food Science, ’03) is a senior brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch InBev in Kirkwood, Missouri. His philanthropic efforts at the brewery include involvement in the United Way and the Anheuser-Busch Emergency Drinking Water Program in partnership with the American Red Cross.
  2. Marcus Jones (BSES – Environmental Resource Science, ’09) is the president of the Detroit Training Center. Through the center, he provides vocational, skilled-trades training, which creates jobs for Detroit residents who have difficulty finding gainful employment. To date, more than 7,500 people have been trained through the center, which is currently expanding to Flint, Michigan, to create jobs around replacing that community’s old, lead pipes.
  3. Lauren Griffeth (BSA – Agricultural Communication, ’05) is an administrative director in the UGA CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication in Athens, Georgia. She draws inspiration from the strong female mentors she’s found in Georgia 4-H, UGA Cooperative Extension and the UGA Women in Agricultural Leadership Initiative. She is penning a book about the role women will play in agricultural leadership as the world’s population increases.
  4. Sam Watson (BSA – Agricultural Education, ’02) is the representative for Georgia State House District 172 and is a partner in Chill C Farms and Moultrie Melon Company in Moultrie, Georgia. At Chill C Farms, Watson manages the production of 500 acres of vegetables and coordinates sales to produce buyers. He decided to run for state house in 2011.
  5. Casey Bethel (MS – Agronomy, ’05) is the 2017 Georgia Department of Education Teacher of the Year and is based at New Manchester High School in the Douglas County School System. In an effort to bring the needs of Georgia’s students and their families to the attention of the federal government, he’s met with President Donald Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Georgia’s senators.

To see the full 40 Under 40 list, visit

By Kathryn Schiliro