INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, June 2, 2011/National FFA Organization) – A Georgia Department of Education official with a 16-year career in agricultural teaching and FFA leadership has been named to the National FFA Organization Board of Directors.
John “Chip” Bridges has served as agricultural education program manager with the Georgia Department of Education since 2009. In his role, he also serves as state advisor for the Georgia FFA Association and the Georgia Young Farmers Organization. Previously, he was the north region coordinator for the Georgia Agricultural Education program.
In being named to the National FFA Organization’s board of directors, Bridges will provide strategic leadership and vision to establish the future direction and priorities of the organization.
Bridges attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, earned an undergraduate degree in agricultural education from University of Georgia and earned a master’s degree in adult educational leadership from Central Michigan University.
He began his career as an agriculture teacher at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, Ga. He later taught at Stephens County High School in Toccoa, Ga., where he served as FFA advisor. During his teaching career, Bridges had a multitude of students participate in state, region and national FFA events and produced 24 state-winning FFA individuals and teams in career development events. While teaching at Stephens County High School, his FFA members earned a final four ranking at the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event.
“Bridges is a recognized leader in the agricultural education profession and the National FFA Organization will benefit from his insight, experience and expertise,” said Dr. Steve A. Brown, interim advisor and chairman of the National FFA Organization Board of Directors. “He will help guide FFA in helping students develop 21st century skills and prepare students for a lifetime of informed career choices in the global agricultural, food, fiber and natural resources systems.”
Bridges resides on a family farm in Carnesville with wife Tonya and children Faith, 15, Colton, 13 and Farrah, 11, all of whom are FFA members.
Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to more than 523,000 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,487 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st U.S. Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. For more, visit http://www.ffa.org.
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The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online (http://www.ffa.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nationalffa) on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalffa) and FFA Nation (http://ffanation.ffa.org.)