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Ag Faculty Member Named Nat'l FFA Delegate Coordinator

May 23, 2002

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MACOMB, IL -- After an extensive search and selection process, Western Illinois University assistant agriculture professor Andrew Baker has been named as one of three delegate coordinators for the National FFA Organization.

Baker will have the responsibility of guiding student leaders from across the nation as they develop input that will help to determine the organization’s future direction. He will help facilitate the entire delegate process by mentoring young people of diverse backgrounds and ages to make responsible decisions. In addition, Baker will present workshops to further participants’ understanding of their role. He will serve a three-year term as a delegate coordinator.

FFA is a national youth organization of 457,278 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Each year, students representing the membership of FFA associations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are asked to serve as delegates at the national FFA convention. The student delegates conduct the business of the organization, making recommendations to the board of directors, providing comments on FFA programs and suggesting amendments for the National FFA Organization’s constitution.

According to Kelly Horton, leadership development specialist for the National FFA Organization, Baker’s proven abilities in student leadership development and knowledge of FFA qualify him as a perfect fit for the position.

"His desire to see young people become stronger leaders and his ability to engage students in providing direction for their organization made him an excellent choice," she said.

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