As the chief executive officer of the Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation prepares for retirement, an endowment has been created in his honor. The organization says the Dwight Armstrong Legacy Endowment will build on Armstrong’s work in agricultural education.
The National FFA says the endowment has two platforms. The CEO Innovation Endowment platform will create a fund giving future National FFA CEOs the ability to "pursue unique opportunities that promote leadership development for staff or to provide starter funds to further the FFA mission." The second platform is career success, which the FFA says will serve members and partners with a direct pipeline to jobs and talent throughout the nation.
"Dwight brought vision and leadership to our organization that has inspired our members, staff and volunteers across the country," said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation. "This fund will honor his legacy at FFA and continue his vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening American agriculture."
Armstrong announced his retirement in December and will step down at the end of June. The organization hit a record high membership of nearly 630,000 during his seven-year tenure as CEO. Last month, the FFA announced Mark Poeschl will take over as CEO of both organizations in August.