AGL Advisory Board

Shane Boyer, Vince Dooley, and Van McCall, AGL Chair
Chair Van McCall and Past Chair Gale Cutler
Curriculum Prep Day
AGL Advisory Board Meeting

The purpose of the AGL Advisory Board is to support and advise the AGL program director, assistant director, and other University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty and staff about the AGL program and to look for opportunities to strengthen, develop, coordinate, and extend adult leadership education through program participants' roles in communities, counties, and the state of Georgia, specifically within the agriculture, natural resources, and/or supporting industries.

Board members

  • Van McCall, Chair, CAES Dean’s Advisory Council, AgSouth Farm Credit
  • Jody Strickland, Chair-Elect, F&W Forestry Services Inc., GALFF 1994
  • Gale Cutler, Past Chair, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, GALFF 2006
  • Elliott Marsh, Southern States, GALFF 2008
  • Gary Black, Commissioner of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Chris Butts, Georgia Green Industry Association
  • Brent Dykes, Department of Children and Family Services
  • Jutt Howard, North Georgia Turf, AGL Class I
  • Jesse Johnson, Southern Land Exchange/Southern Timberland Consultants
  • Tim Miller, Past Chair, Kubota
  • Todd Prescott, Merial
  • Greg Price, UGA Cooperative Extension, GALFF 2005
  • Alice Rolls, Georgia Organics Council
  • Terrance Rudolph, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Greg Rutland, Rutland Farms
  • Andres Villegas, Georgia Forestry Association 
  • Adam Willis, Pilgrams Pride  

Agricultural leadership development programs were established in the early 1960s by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to better equip individuals from the agriculture and natural resources industry to solve problems facing the rural areas through a background in humanities, social sciences, and a better understanding of world economics and politics (Howell, Weir, & Cook, 1982; Miller, 1976). Today, there are approximately 45 programs globally, with 39 of those being in the United States. Together, these programs make up the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership (IAPAL) and have over 9,800 alumni within the United States.

A national study of state-wide agricultural leadership programs which follow the model used by AGL recently found that alumni of these programs actively engage in the policy development process, take on leadership roles, and engage in life-long learning opportunities (Strickland-Sapp, 2011). Program evaluations of individual programs have found that graduates of these programs experience personal growth in people skills, policy development, analytical and personal skills (Carter, 1999).