ANM Group chairman John McIntosh praised the recipient of the Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ prize for outstanding service locally.
Mr McIntosh said SAC lecturer Bill Hutcheon had achieved a great deal during a career that stretched back to 1969.
Mr Hutcheon, 66, was initially a botany lecturer at Aberdeen University and worked in Ghana between 1969 and 1977 helping breed a cocoa plant resistant to a devastating disease. He moved to the old North of Scotland College of Agriculture in 1977 and became an agricultural lecturer there. He was latterly responsible for degree and HND courses at all of SAC’s sites at Craibstone, Ayr and Edinburgh. Despite managing courses, Mr Hutcheon still spent time teaching students.