SIU Alumni Association To Honor Kroening As Distinguished Alumni
Gilbert Kroening is a professor emeritus of SIU, having served in various capacities – including as dean of the School of Agriculture for 12 years – from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. His final appointment was as professor and chair of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition. A native of Altamont, Illinois, Kroening was the youngest of four children and the first in his family to go to college. After completing both his bachelor’s degree (’59) and master’s degree (’60) in animal industries at SIU, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Cornell University in 1965.
During his tenure, Kroening led SIU in efforts to alleviate famine and world hunger, with successful projects for the United Nations in Brazil, USAID in Zambia, Africa and Peshawar in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan. After stepping down as dean in 1986, Kroening became director of the Office of International Agriculture, where he supported faculty in additional aid projects across the world. He was also active in the Association of International Agriculture and Rural Development and served on the Joint Committee on Agriculture Research and Development for the Board of International Food and Agriculture Development. Kroening, along with his wife, Jean (Engel) Kroening ’60, currently sponsor a lecture series with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. All three of their children attended SIU, and the couple are life members of the SIU Alumni Association.