U.S. Department of Education Announces National FFA Advisor Larry Case Will Retire

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U.S. Department of Education Announces National FFA Advisor Larry Case Will Retire

May 3, 2010

The United States Department of Education announced today that National FFA advisor Larry D. Case will retire from his position in the federal government, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Dr. Case began his career as an agriculture education instructor at a remote rural high school in Missouri in 1966, before coming to Washington in 1984 to serve his country as an education program specialist in the fields of agriculture, agribusiness, and natural resources education. He also served as the National Advisor, Chief Administrator and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Future Farmers of America Organization (FFA). FFA has begun a comprehensive search for his successor.

"Dr. Case has touched the lives of thousands of young people and adults, particularly in rural schools and communities during his career," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "I want to thank him for his service and contributions to agricultural education as a teacher, federal employee, and a leader within FFA, and I wish him well in retirement."

In his federal role, Case provided national leadership and advisory service to states for secondary, postsecondary and adult instructional programs relating to agriculture. He served as a principal program advisor on agricultural education to the Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education.

As national FFA advisor, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of the National FFA Organization, Case guided creation of a strategic plan and a strong management team. His tenure was a time of tremendous membership growth and educational innovation within FFA and agricultural education. Case also served as the president of the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, national advisor to the National Young Farmer Educational Association, national advisor and chairman of the board for the National Postsecondary Student Organization (PAS) and chairman of the National Council for Vocational and Technical Education in Agriculture.

A former FFA member from Stet, Mo., Case earned his bachelor's in agricultural education, master's in vocational education and doctor of education degree from the University of Missouri. He began his career as a vocational agriculture teacher and rapidly assumed greater administrative responsibilities for vocational and agricultural education at the local, district and state levels. Case served as the Missouri director of agricultural education for seven years.

His national leadership role at FFA and in forming the umbrella group The National Council for Agricultural Education have been essential in catalyzing the rebirth of agricultural education as a vibrant contributor in more than half of the nation's school districts.

In his 26 years as the National FFA Advisor, Case has become a beloved icon of agricultural education, and has personally congratulated more than a half-million aspiring young leaders and achievers of the National FFA Organization. Case and his wife, Joy, live in the Washington, D.C., area. They have three adult children – Jeff, Rebecca and Matthew – and four grandchildren.

"Words fail to adequately express what Dr. Larry Case has meant to the National FFA Organization and all of agricultural education," said Dwight Armstrong, national FFA chief operating officer. "For decades, his leadership has paved the way for unprecedented growth in FFA and unprecedented cooperation among other agricultural education organizations, industry representatives and the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture."

"I will miss my partner in Washington D.C., but I join Larry in celebrating his many accomplishments and achieving this milestone," said Dr. Steve Brown, national FFA executive secretary. "He has been a wonderful leader, boss, mentor and friend."

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members—all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture—as part of 7,429 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988 in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.