Agriculture Alumnus of the Year: P. Andrew 'Andy' Groseta

Oct. 27, 2014

Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.

Photo courtesy of P. Andrew "Andy" Groseta

P. Andrew "Andy" Groseta, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumnus of the Year, is a third-generation Arizona rancher who has reached pinnacles of success in his ranching career, industry leadership roles, and service to the community and his alma mater.

A partner in Headquarters West Ltd., a statewide agribusiness firm, Groseta has served as president of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Groseta was selected in 2008 by then-President George W. Bush to attend the inauguration of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak as a member of the U.S. presidential delegation. He represented U.S. cattlemen in resolving the U.S.-Korean beef trade issue, allowing U.S. beef back into South Korea.

In 2006, he and Mary Beth Groseta donated land in northern Arizona to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – invaluable to UA's presence north of the rim. This past year, Andy Groseta spent hours lobbying state representatives for increased funding, which paid off in an increase of nearly 33 percent in base funding for the UA Cooperative Extension.

Groseta earned bachelor's degrees in animal science and agriculture education and a master's degree in agriculture education from the UA.

"The personal touch of the ag faculty definitely helped me get through college," says Groseta, who grew up on a Verde Valley ranch.

Groseta said he is proud that his son and two daughters also are part of the Wildcat family. He expects that his grandchildren also will become Wildcats.

 

Photo courtesy of P. Andrew "Andy" Groseta

Other UA alumni being honored are: