Wayne Singleton was named distinguished alumni for 2019 for Freelandville High School.
Singleton graduated from Freelandville High School, attended Vincennes University and later transferred to Purdue University. He earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from the school of agriculture. He then attended State Dakota State University where he earned a master's degree and a doctoral degree in animal science with a focus on reproductive physiology. Singleton also taught a university senior level course in reproductive physiology.
In 1970, Singleton was hired by Purdue to work in extension. He worked throughout Indiana, visiting with swine and cattle breeders and conducting seminars. He was, and is, an early pioneer in the field of animal artificial insemination, specializing in cattle and swine. While at Purdue, he was state secretary for the Indiana Pork Producers, and was also a member of the National Pork Producers Council for many years. He taught in the Purdue Short Course program and conducted televised distance education seminars on artificial insemination throughout the United States, as well as teaching the artificial insemination class for 30 years.
He authored 45 research publications, more than 50 extension publications, six video cassettes, and numerous other swine breeding herd management publications.
He retired from Purdue in 2003 and received the Distinguished Alumni Ag Award from Purdue in 2010.
Singleton was a pioneer in swine breeding because of his contributions to the successful adoption of artificial insemination in the swine industry.
He has traveled to countries in Russia, China, the Philippines, Australia, The Netherlands, Mexico, Vietnam and Korea to conduct seminars.
He is still working with the beef evaluation program in Bedford and recently conducted a seminar for the Livestock Conservancy Group. The group preserves and raises rare breed farm animals.
Singleton currently works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, collecting, preserving and conserving semen samples of pedigreed animals, mainly swine, to be stored in the USDA National Repository located in Fort Collins, Colorado.