Indianapolis, July 6, 2017 – James L. “Jim” Herbert of Lansing, Michigan, and Memphis, Tennessee, is the 2017 recipient of the North-American Interfraternity Conference Foundation’s (NICF) Outstanding Philanthropist Award. This honor is part of the NICF’s annual Awards of Distinction program and recognizes leadership in giving to a fraternal foundation.
Jim joined FarmHouse Fraternity at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he completed his bachelor’s degree before earning advanced degrees from Emory University and Harvard University. He is a co-founder and CEO of Neogen Corporation, a publicly held international company that develops, manufactures and markets products for food and animal safety. Headquartered in Lansing, Mich., Neogen markets its products to over 100 countries, with revenue over $321 million in 2016.
While managing a successful billion-dollar global business, Jim has remained committed to FarmHouse. “Few within our Fraternity are as generous or committed to advancement of our brotherhood through their philanthropic work, with the known intention of such being used to develop better leaders, stronger chapters, and thus a strong campus community and future society,” said Chad Harris, former Executive Director of FarmHouse Fraternity.
A former Chairman and long-time member of the FarmHouse Foundation Board of Trustees, Jim was recognized with the Fraternity’s highest award, Master Builder of Men, in 2016. He spearheaded Live. Learn. Lead. – The Campaign for FarmHouse, a comprehensive campaign focused on raising funds to support current and future chapter housing, scholarships and leadership opportunities for FarmHouse undergraduate members across North America. Jim and his wife Judi, an active member of Sigma Kappa, made a seven-figure commitment to the Campaign, which raised a total of $23.6 million.
A portion of their transformational commitment was to establish an endowment fund. Already as a result, their endowment has enabled the Fraternity to create the Volunteer Leadership Summit to educate volunteers in risk management, mental health, safe and secure chapter housing, and other needs of undergraduate members now and in the future. When asked why the Herberts invested in Live. Learn. Lead., Jim said, “…across the board, the key difference between a successful chapter and one that fails is strong volunteer leadership.”
“Jim is most deserving of this interfraternal philanthropy honor as he is exceptionally generous, demonstrates outstanding fraternal and charitable responsibility and encourages others to be philanthropic,” said Allison Rickels, Executive Director of the FarmHouse Foundation. “He has been a champion of FarmHouse since he was initiated in 1961 and embodies FarmHouse Fraternity’s Object by his actions, business acumen, demeanor, and living his life with the highest of integrity.”
The Outstanding Philanthropist Award will be presented on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom during the NICF Awards of Distinction Dinner, held in conjunction with THE Foundations Seminar. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets for the dinner.
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