06-30-16 KS & IA Educators Named to the National FFA Board of Directors…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015KS & IA Educators Named to the National FFA Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, June 30, 2016/National FFA Organization) – Kurt Dillon of Kansas and Matthew Eddy of Iowa were recently named to the National FFA Board of Directors.

Kurt Dillon, who grew up in a rural area of northeast Kansas, was involved in FFA throughout his high school career and attended Kansas State University, where he graduated with a degree in agricultural education. He also earned his master’s degree in adult education and a licensure in biology and building leadership (administration). He taught for 27 years at Atwood High School in Rawlins County, Kan., and also served as principal for three years. He is currently the adult education program and Kansas FFA advisor for the Kansas State Department of Education.

“We are excited to have Kurt serve on the board,” said National FFA Advisor and board chair Dr. Steve A. Brown. “He brings with him knowledge not only of agricultural education in the classroom but also at the state level. We are looking forward to his future contributions on guiding the National FFA Organization and helping FFA members prepare for a lifetime of career success.”

Dillon and his wife, Pam, have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Matthew Eddy, who grew up on a diversified farm south of Osceola, Iowa, graduated from Clarke Community High School and attended Iowa State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 and his master’s degree in 2008. Currently he teaches at Southeast Polk Community Schools in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

Eddy is a CASE Certified Master Teacher and holds certification in agriculture, food and natural resources, animal science, plant science and biotechnology. He authored the governor’s STEM Scale-Up Program grants, securing more than $2.5 million dollars for Iowa agriculture programs to participate in adopting the CASE model since 2012.

Eddy’s chapter, Southeast Polk FFA, is one of Iowa’s largest chapters, and each year at the Iowa State Fair they host the Animal Learning Center. During the 132-hour display operation, chapter members care for livestock, interact with the public and help be a voice for agriculture.

“We are excited to have Matthew serve on the board,” said National FFA Advisor and board chair Dr. Steve A. Brown. “He brings with him a great perspective from the classroom. We are looking forward to his future contributions on guiding the National FFA Organization and helping FFA members prepare for a lifetime of career success.”

Eddy and his wife, Carol, live in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, with their four children.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.