West Virginia Educator Named to National FFA Board of Directors
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West Virginia Educator Named to National FFA Board of Directors

West Virginia Educator Named to National FFA Board of Directors

​ Kristy Meyer
Marketing and Communications​
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, June 29, 2015/National FFA Organization) – Jason Hughes, of Ravenswood, W.Va., was recently named to the National FFA Board of Directors. He will begin his term in July.

The love of agriculture was instilled in Hughes at an early age, as he grew up on a small dairy farm in Ravenswood, W.Va. He began his career in FFA as a chapter member where he served as president of the Ravenswood FFA chapter. He then served as state vice president and state president from 1988-1990 for the West Virginia FFA Association.

Developing a love for agricultural education, Hughes obtained a bachelor's and master's degree in agricultural education from West Virginia University. Upon graduation, he taught high school agricultural education for 13 years. While he was teaching, he was involved in the National Association of Agricultural Educators, where he received the NAAE Outstanding Young Member, Outstanding Program and Outstanding Teacher award. In 2006, he began working for the West Virginia Department of Education, serving as Coordinator of Career and Technical Education in Institutional Programs and Coordinator of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

He is currently serving as the FFA advisor for the West Virginia FFA Association.

"We are excited to have Jason serving on our board," said Dr. Steve A. Brown, national FFA advisor and board chair. "His experience in the classroom as well as working for the department of education will bring great insight. I am looking forward to working with him, as I know he will help guide the National FFA Organization in helping students prepare for a lifetime of career success."

Hughes resides in Ravenswood, W.Va., with his wife Carrie.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 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 at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

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