From their first campus tour through graduation, Tawnya Robinson-Moss works with every student in Tennessee Tech’s School of Agriculture.
Recently, Robinson-Moss was selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree, a national-level award given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.
“FFA is building leaders in agriculture. It amazes me what they do,” Robinson-Moss said. “I was honored to be nominated among some really impressive people.”
Robinson-Moss has worked in the School of Agriculture since 2002, but has been at Tech since 1986, spending 14 years in the university business office.
“I always loved working with the students and became known among the ag students as the go-to person in the business office,” she said. “When a job came open in the School of Ag, I knew it was my job. It has been a great fit for me.”
As a child, home for Robinson-Moss was on a ranch in New Mexico, so she felt a connection with students studying agriculture and the more she worked with the, the more impressed she became.
“I have worked with some amazing students,” she said. “They are always surprising and impressing me with what they do.”
As an administrative assistant in the School of Agriculture, Robinson-Moss says her job is unpredictable in the most enjoyable way. On any given day, she could be greeting students on campus tours, helping organize events, working on student registration or helping students in an agriculture class can green beans. She also works closely with the college’s FFA program.
The American Degree is the highest honor an FFA student can achieve, so receiving an Honorary American FFA Degree is a big deal. Robinson-Moss received a state-level award which qualified her for higher recognition. She was nominated for the national honor and her nomination was accepted at the state and then national level.
Robinson-Moss received the award at the 2017 National FFA Convention and Expo during an onstage ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana with more than 60,000 people in attendance.
In addition to her name being permanently recorded as a recipient of the Honorary American Degree, the Tennessee Tech Agriculture Foundation has also announced a scholarship endowed in Robinson-Moss’ honor. The scholarship will go to a Tennessee Tech agriculture student.