Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Tom Dormody, head of New Mexico State University's agricultural and extension education department, received an honorary national FFA degree Oct. 27 in Louisville, Ky. The degree, FFA's highest award, recognizes those who greatly contribute to the advancement of agricultural education and provide outstanding service to their local program and community.
Dormody has contributed to FFA through career development events from extemporaneous public speaking to state poultry contests. He is a life member of the FFA alumni and received a New Mexico honorary state FFA degree in 1993. Since 1994, Dormody has written the Carl Perkins grant for more than $648,000 in funding for state FFA leadership activities. He also has been an adviser to NMSU's chapter of collegiate FFA since 1989.
"This is one of the top awards that I've received since becoming a teacher educator at NMSU," said Dormody. "There's nothing more important among my responsibilities than insuring that FFA members in New Mexico have access to high quality leadership activities. It's a thrill to be recognized for something I love to do, supporting FFA."
Dormody has received the Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for outstanding university teaching and the National Association of Colleges and Teacher of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit, both in 1993. In addition, he has received three regional research awards and the American Association for Agricultural Education Author of the Year. In 1997, he won the Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Award.
Dormody earned a bachelor's degree in horticultural science from Oregon State University, a master's degree in vegetable crops from the University of California-Davis and a doctorate in agricultural and occupational education from Cornell University.
Honorary degree recipients have made contributions that significantly impacted agricultural education and FFA at the local and national levels. Dormody was nominated by the New Mexico state FFA association.
FFA is a national organization of 450,000 members who are preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Local, state and national activities and award programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.
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