National FFA CEO Scott Stump and host Dan Moore navigate Scott’s long career in education, from the U.S. Department of Education to the head of one of the nation’s largest youth organizations, share how FFA has adapted for COVID as well as to become more inclusive, the importance of making a difference every single day, and why you just can’t beat a good book.
Stump, who lives on a small ranch in Stoneham, Colorado, with his wife, Denise, and three children, Brady, Ross, and Emma, has a background rich in agricultural education, career, and technical education, and FFA. He received his bachelor’s in agricultural education from Purdue University and his MBA from Western Governor’s University.
Stump began his career as an agriculture teacher in Manchester, Indiana, where he taught for two years. He then worked for the National FFA Organization, where he managed the national officer team and the National FFA Convention & Expo. From 2007 through 2014, he served as the assistant provost and state director for career and technical education with the Colorado Community College System. During his CCCStenure, Stump also served as state FFA advisor, agriculture program director, and interim president of Northeastern Junior College during the institution’s presidential search process. In 2015, Stump was named COO of learning solutions provider Vivayic, Inc. In July 2018, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the assistant secretary of career, technical and adult education for the U.S. Department of Education, where he served until January.
He most recently served as a senior advisor with Advance CTE (Career & Technical Education), where he led and contributed to major initiatives and projects, including Advances CTE’s Postsecondary CTE Leaders Fellowship Program and Advancing the Framework. He also supports their federal advocacy, state policy and technical assistance efforts.
About National FFA:
FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.
FFA is an extracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture, STEM education, and leadership, and functions on a local, state, and national level.
Today, there are 760,113 FFA members, aged 12-21, in 8,739 chapters in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. There are also collegiate members, alumni members, and various levels of supporters.
FFA Vision: FFA provides the next generation of leaders who will change the world.
FFA Mission: FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FFA Motto: The FFA motto gives members 12 short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization – “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”
Learn more at FFA.org.
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