The chief executive officer of the Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization will retire in June. Dwight Armstrong joined the organization in 2009 as chief operating officer, and was later named CEO.
Armstrong, who also serves as CEO for the National FFA Foundation, says the time is right to transition leadership. He plans to focus on volunteer opportunities and personal pursuits, and spend more time with his family and friends.
During Armstrong’s tenure, the organization reached all-time record membership of nearly 630,000 students in more than 7,700 local chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Attendance at the National FFA Convention & Expo has also grown, topping 65,000 in 2015. The event is scheduled to return to Indianapolis from 2016-2018, and FFA leaders are looking to reach a long-term deal for the city to host the convention.
The FFA Foundation says it achieved record results for annual fundraising campaigns under Armstrong’s leadership. He also helped develop the FFA Agricultural Career Network, which aims to connect secondary education with the agriculture industry’s need for talent and human capital.
The Kentucky native holds degrees from Murray State University and Purdue University. He will officially retire on June 30, 2016, and says he will work closely with the National FFA Board of Directors and the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees during the selection and transition process of a new CEO.