Woodard named National FFA Advisor
November 19, 2019 By Amie Simpson Filed Under: Ag Education, News
Dr. James Woodard
is the new national FFA advisor, chairman of the FFA board of directors, and national
agricultural education director.
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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