In 2007, Czech Republic guild member Jiri Masek, a communications specialist with the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, was one of 10 winners of the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award. The award includes participation in the IFAJ annual congress, which that year was held in Japan.
Besides getting to know Jiri as a young leader, he and I shared stories and at lot of laughs with Germany’s Hans Matthiesen and Christian Mulhausen, in the traditional Japanese vacation dorm we were assigned for one of the congress’s overnight tours.
I was thrilled to see him again last week. He and his university hosted the IFAJ executive for a professional development discussion about precision agriculture, during the semi-annual executive meeting in the Czech Republic, sponsored by the country’s guild. Check IFAJ’s Facebook page for many of the stories emerging from that visit.
At the time of last week’s meeting, Jiri was in the running for Dean of Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Engineering (a faculty with an emphasis on agricultural engineering).
On Thursday, he contacted me to tell me he was the successful candidate.
Once again, a young leader goes on to a new position of influence and prominence — in a decade, from young leader to young Dean.