The Printing and Imaging Association of MidAmerica has named Barry Wilson, chairman of the PSU Graphics and Imaging Technologies Department, the 2013 recipient of the Jerry Watson Educator of the Year Award.
The award is named for Jerry Watson, an award-winning graphics professor at College of the Ozarks, where Wilson received his undergraduate degree. In 1999, during Wilson’s senior year, Watson and five others died in a plane crash in southwest Missouri.
Following his death, two awards were named in Watson’s honor: an award for graphics students and one for educators. Wilson, a former recipient of the student award, is the first person to receive both honors.
“Jerry Watson was an important mentor for me,” Wilson said, “and I never got a chance to say ‘thank you.’ So, when I learned that I was receiving his award, I was dumbfounded.”