COLUMBUS — Dr. Sue DeNise of Wilmington was recently inducted into the Animal Science Hall of Fame of the Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences.
The Evening of Excellence held at Nationwide Arena and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on OSU’s campus “celebrated the achievements of those who have enhanced student education and enriched the animal sciences industry.” Recipients “demonstrated superior skill and achieved success in the field of Animal Sciences for themselves and their families. They have also practiced service to others through giving their time, energy and thoughtfulness in the local community.”
Dr. DeNise — researcher, teacher and industry leader — earned her induction through her continued leadership in the agricultural community.
DeNise, who earned a bachelor of science in 1977 and a master’s in science in 1979 from OSU, distinguished herself in her career as an animal geneticist. She manages the research and development of genetic tests for the leading global animal health company Zoetis. The genetics program is focused on developing genomic test solutions for cattle and sheep incorporating health and performance traits.
The OSU College of Food, Agriculture and Environment Sciences honored her with the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award.
DeNise grew up on a livestock and grain farm in Clinton County. The daughter of Ronald and Jackie Kersey from Wilmington has two children.
She was active in local 4-H programs in her youth, showing beef cattle, swine and horses, and she continued to show horses later in life.