TTU’s Chelsea Doss named 2009-10 National FFA Southern Region Vice President

thumb_dossTennessee Tech University junior Chelsea Doss was elected the 2009-10 National FFA Southern Region vice president on Saturday at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Doss, who is majoring in agribusiness management, was among six individuals selected from a field of 39 to hold a national office. Doss was an Eagleville High School FAA chapter member and is from Christiana.

Fulfilling her position will require traveling more than 100,000 miles; meeting top leaders in business, government and education; visiting approximately 40 states; and participating in an international experience tour to Japan. Her responsibilities will include providing personal growth and leadership training for students, setting policies that shape the future of the organization and promoting agricultural literacy.

“The real success we achieve while wearing the blue jacket is the impact we make,” said Doss. “We impact our schools, our community and our country. We don’t always win; but we always learn. The lessons we learn vary, but we are bound together by a common thread passion for agriculture and FFA.”

C. Pat Bagley, dean of TTU's College of Agricultural and Human Sciences, says Doss is the first person from Tennessee elected to FFA national office since 1988. She is the first TTU student ever elected to FFA national office.

"This is a really big honor for us," he said.

The national FFA officer selection process is intense and represents an assessment of years of academic and extracurricular accomplishments made by each student running for office. Nominees must first qualify on the state level to represent their particular state FFA associations. They then submit a thorough application, detailing their accomplishments and contributions to the community, along with an essay explaining their desire to be elected to national office. Once at the convention, candidates participate in five rounds of interviews, take an in-depth written test on the organization and agricultural education topics and complete two writing exercises.

A panel of nine state FFA officers comprises the nominating committee that proposes the slate of six officers for approval by the convention delegates.

While at TTU, Doss has served as a student government supreme court justice and senator, treasurer for the Collegiate Women’s Agricultural Service Club, an Agribusiness Economics Club Council representative, and a TTU Agricultural Ambassador. In 2007 she was named president of the Tennessee FFA Association.

As a member of FFA, Doss has grown a successful business as her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program. She runs Doss Irish Setters, where she breeds, cares for and markets champion Irish Setters. She also has received many awards and honors while in FFA, including placing second in the National Job Interview Career Development Event (CDE), receiving her American FFA Degree, and serving as a National FFA Delegate Committee Vice Chair.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,429 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.

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