Dr. Michael Kenna served as an OSU Extension turfgrass specialist from 1985-1990 after
earning both his master’s and doctoral degrees at OSU. He has been a leading researcher
with the U.S. Golf Association for three decades.
Kenna has helped identify high-priority research areas and millions of dollars in
funding sources that have benefitted OSU students. In addition to winning support
from the USGA, he has worked with the National Turfgrass Federation to get the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to appropriate more turfgrass research money. The resulting
work – often engaging other universities across the country – has produced grasses
with improved disease and drought tolerances, as well as varieties suited for playing
surfaces such as football fields. His latest work focuses on pollinators on golf courses.