AGL Advisory Board

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

  • Richey Seaton, Chair, Georgia Cotton Commission
  • Chris Butts, Past Chair, Georgia Green Industry Association
  • Jutt Howard, Chair-Elect, North Georgia Turf, AGL 2014
  • Will Bentley, Georgia Agribusiness Council
  • Gary Black, Commissioner of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Pat Calhoun, AgSouth Farm Credit
  • Michael Cronic, Columbia Farms of Georgia, AGL 2017
  • Gale Cutler, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, GALFF 2006
  • Mike Harrell, Jordan Forest Products, AGL 2017
  • Gerald Long, Georgia Farm Bureau
  • Mark McCann, UGA Extension
  • Duane Myers, Kroger, AGL 2014
  • Todd Prescott, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Alice Rolls, Georgia Organics Council
  • Terrance Rudolph, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Jody Strickland, F&W Forestry Services Inc., GALFF 1994
  • Andres Villegas, Georgia Forestry Association 
  • Craig Weynand, John Deere

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).


AGL Advisory Board 2019 group shot
2019 AGL Advisory Board