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Woodard named National FFA Advisor

Dr. James Woodard is the new national FFA advisor, chairman of the FFA board of directors, and national agricultural education director.

The Georgia native says it’s his mission to make a difference in the lives of students to the same degree his ag teacher made in life.

“I had a high school agriculture teacher that played a major role in influencing my life and had it not been for that I would not be in education,” he says. “That was my career ambition to make the difference in the life of a student to the same degree my ag teacher made in my life”

Woodard is currently serving as superintendent of the Morgan Charger School Systems, where he will retire in June.

He’s served in many capacities involving ag education including state director of ag education for the Georgia Department of Education, advisor of the Georgia FFA Association, president of the board of trustees for the Georgia FFA Foundation, and state director for career, technical, and ag education in Georgia.  

Woodard will provide oversight to the National FFA Organization. He will advise national FFA officers, the board of directors, and the national FFA delegates and committees.

“This is a really big responsibility and scope and the future growth of ag education in the nation is riding on my ability to engage others and stakeholders in creating the next strategic plan,” he says.

Advice he has for FFA members is to… “Engage in number one your local FFA chapter activities, number two engage yourself through FFA and your community, and number three, engage in regional, state, and national activities,” he says.

Woodard replaces Dr. Steve Brown, who served as board chair and national advisor for the past 11 years.

Audio: James Woodard, National FFA

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