Student Success: AEC Chairman Fraze tapped for National FFA 'VIP Citation'
The chairman of Texas Tech's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications has been selected to receive the VIP Citation by the National FFA Organization. Steve Fraze will be presented the honor recognizing his significant contributions and dedication to FFA and agricultural education in October at the National FFA Convention in Louisville.
"The VIP Citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation," the organization's CEO Dwight Armstrong said. "Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn build strong families, communities and industries."
Fraze has served on the National Livestock Evaluation Committee since 1989, and has played a pivotal role in the national event, including serving as superintendent. Fraze is involved with the written exam portion of the national event and makes sure the exam is testing at the appropriate level, which is critical. In the 26 years that he has been involved with the event, he has impacted nearly 4,000 FFA members from across the country.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Fraze joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1988, and was named a full professor in 2004 and chairman in 2008. He previously worked as a visiting instructor in Texas A&M University's Department of Agricultural Education, and a vocational agriculture teacher in New Home and Olton. He also served as a district engineer in the Dowell Division of Dow Chemical in Monahans.
A native of Dora, New Mexico, Fraze earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture from Lubbock Christian College and a master's degree along with a teaching certificate from Texas Tech. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University. Awards for Fraze include American Association for Agricultural Education Senior Fellow (2014); Gamma Sigma Delta Service to Agriculture Award (2005), election to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (2003), Texas FFA Association Distinguished Service Award (2002), Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas Distinguished Service Award (2000).
Written by Norman Martin
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