DETROIT, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Score, President of Hantz Farms, LLC, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Academic Staff Award from Michigan State University (MSU). Score, who is only the 12th extension employee to receive the university's prestigious honor, will receive the award at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, at the State of the University Address and the Awards Convocation at the Wharton Center on the MSU campus.
"The Hantz Group is very pleased to have Mike Score serving as president of Hantz Farms," said John Hantz, CEO, the Hantz Group. "Mike has done some remarkable work at Michigan State University before joining our team. The Distinguished Academic Staff Award is surely deserved and demonstrates how important his work and contributions can be."
Score is receiving the award after serving with MSU Extension as an Agricultural Educator, where he held the position of Innovation Counselor with the MSU Product Center. He is also a graduate of MSU, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in crop and soil sciences in 1980.
Before returning to his alma mater, Score served in a broad range of professional assignments. He was involved with international agricultural development in the Republic of Zaire (Congo) for over four years. Upon his return to the United States, he spent nine years as an Educator with the University of Kentucky, where he received a Master of Arts in rural sociology in 1997. While working through MSU Extension, Score assisted more than 200 entrepreneurs in efforts to build sustainable communities through food system business development.
Detroit-based Hantz Farms, LLC. seeks to create the world's largest urban farm on underutilized land in the city of Detroit. The for profit venture aims to transform Detroit into a destination for fresh, locally grown natural foods, create a viable, beautiful environment that will enhance the City, attract tourism, increase the tax base, create jobs and greatly improve the quality of life in Detroit.
Hantz Farms is headquartered at 17403 Mount Elliott St. in Detroit, and is a subsidiary of the Hantz Group, based in Southfield. For more information visit: www.hantzfarmsdetroit.com.
About John Hantz: John R. Hantz is the CEO of Hantz Group, Incorporated and is a nationally recognized leader in the financial community. In 1998, Hantz formed Hantz Financial Services and subsequently Hantz Group, Incorporated, a full-service financial holding company based in Southfield, Michigan. Under his leadership, Hantz Group, Incorporated has grown to more than 500 employees and maintains 23 offices serving communities in Michigan and Ohio.
Editor's Note: A hi-res headshot of Michael Score is available upon request.
SOURCE Hantz Farms, LLC