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FFA leader receives honorary ag degree

The chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization can now add an honorary doctorate to his growing list of Purdue College of Agriculture degrees.



W. Dwight Armstrong, MS '73, PhD '75, was honored along with the 350 students who received undergraduate or graduate degrees from the College of Agriculture during Purdue's annual commencement exercises May 11.

A native of Kuttawa, Ky., where he grew up on a small farm, Armstrong graduated from Lyon County High School and was an active leader in the National FFA Organization.

Armstrong earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Murray State University in 1971 before coming to Purdue to earn his master's and doctoral degrees in animal sciences in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Armstrong joined the faculty at North Carolina State University, where he engaged in teaching, research and Extension work in swine nutrition from 1975 to 1982.

In 2009, Armstrong joined the National FFA Organization as its chief operating officer and was later named CEO, the position he currently holds.

Armstrong received Purdue's Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award in 1995 and received Murray State University's Outstanding Agriculture Alumnus Award in 2002 and its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007.

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