Dr. Tim Buttles, director of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education, was selected to receive an Honorary American FFA Degree. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.
“I enjoy supporting the next generation of leaders and giving back to an organization I gained so much from,” said Buttles. “It’s truly an honor to receive this recognition.”
The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists.
Buttles will receive the award during the 96th National FFA Convention and Expo, in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday, Nov. 3. All recipients will receive a plaque and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded as recipients of the highest FFA honor.
Buttles joined UW-Platteville in July, after more than 20 years at UW-River Falls, where he served as the co-chair of the Agricultural Education Department since 2005, and most recently as the interim assistant dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies.
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization that works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. It is made up of more than 945,000 student members as part of 9,163 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. 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.