Steve Brown has been named the new National FFA executive secretary. He will begin his position as agricultural sciences program specialist with the U. S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., effective March 3, 2008. Brown replaces C. Coleman Harris, who retired in September after 46 years of service to agricultural education.
Brown’s duties include providing leadership for FFA and agricultural education, while coordinating all meetings of the National FFA Organization Board of Directors and the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees. He will assist National FFA Advisor and CEO Larry Case in overseeing, developing, maintaining and implementing policy for the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation.
“Steve will play an important leadership role in the organization’s work as we strive to increase the quality, depth and breadth of agricultural education across the country,” says Douglas Loudenslager, national FFA chief operating officer.
Brown has dedicated more than 27 years of service to agricultural education and FFA. He has served as the Missouri state FFA executive secretary and district supervisor for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education since 1985. During his tenure as state executive secretary, Missouri FFA membership increased by 30%, to more than 24,000 members statewide.
Prior to becoming state executive secretary, Brown taught agricultural education and served as one of two FFA advisors for five years at Macon Area Vocational School.
“Dr. Brown is a proven national leader in agricultural education. His roots and his heart are in this profession,” says Terry Heiman, director of agricultural education for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Brown currently serves on the National FFA Board of Directors, a consultant to the National Council for Agricultural Education and is a former member of National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees. He received his agricultural education degrees from the University of Missouri.