• Volume 18 Number 2
    Spring 2009


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Dale Butcher, BS '61, MS ’67
 West Lafayette, Ind.  •  Profiled: Summer ’97

Ag educator

Almost as rare as a ballplayer who spends his entire career with one team, Dale Butcher spent a 38-year career as the agriculture teacher at Benton Central High School until he retired in 2002.Dale Butcher

But although he is retired from teaching, he’s still preaching from the good book of agricultural education in Indiana. Since retiring, Butcher has lent his expertise to teachers all over the state as the executive director of the Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators.

“Working with teachers has been very fulfilling for me,” Butcher says. “I understand their needs and enjoy helping to bring about solutions to teachers’ problems.”

But his help goes beyond the high school level. He also works closely with the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education in Purdue’s College of Agriculture.

“I have taught a class, supervised student teachers and advised YDAE staff on matters regarding teaching,” Butcher says.

In 1995, he joined an exclusive group when he was honored with the Purdue Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award. The diversity of career paths of fellow honorees amazes him to this day.

“There is no way you can imagine the many directions that an education in Purdue Agriculture can lead,” he says. “You need only look at the many career pathways of the winners of the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award to understand that the horizons for a Purdue Agriculture graduate are very expansive.”