SUNY Cobleskill’s Terry Hughes Honored by the National Association of Agricultural Educators
December 5, 2011
SUNY Cobleskill’s Terry Hughes is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Outstanding Service Citation on Nov. 18, at the NAAE annual convention in St. Louis.
Hughes has been actively involved in agricultural education for the past 35 years. He currently serves as the Mohawk Valley Career Pathways Coordinator, working with Perkins funding to ensure monies are dispersed to programs in Mohawk Valley, and educating teachers on how to obtain funds for their own programs. Hughes also conducts leadership workshops and presentations about the importance of agriculture and agricultural education to schools throughout the state.
“Terry Hughes was my reason for becoming active in both the New York Association of Agricultural Educators (NYAEE) and NAEE and I continue to draw strength from his wisdom and skill,” said Tara Berescik, agriculture teacher at Tri Valley Central School (Grahamsville, N.Y.).
Hughes has received countless honors and awards for his services to New York agricultural education, including Honorary State and American FFA Degrees. He has served on the board of many agricultural education organizations in the state and nation, including NAAE. In addition, Hughes is co-advisor of the SUNY Cobleskill chapter of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) and promotes youth speaking and learning through 4-H, FFA and PAS.
Each of the six regional Outstanding Service Citation winners received a plaque at the NAAE convention. NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators. Its mission is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service. “ For more information, visit www.naae.org.