Edmond FFA's Trevor Lucas Named Successor to Retiring OK FFA Executive Secretary Kent BoggsFri, 23 Mar 2018 11:19:25 CDT
Trevor Lucas, Edmond FFA advisor and agricultural education instructor, has been named the successor to long-time Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma FFA Association Kent Boggs, who recently announced his plans for retirement. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn sat down with Lucas to discuss his career move and the opportunity to serve an organization that he says he has grown to love. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“I’m certainly excited. I think this is a great opportunity to work with Oklahoma FFA on a state level,” Lucas remarked enthusiastically. “I’ve been an ag teacher now for four years and have just loved every second of that. Oklahoma FFA has had a huge impact on my life and I think this job gives me a good opportunity to sort of give back to the FFA.”
Lucas talks about his experiences growing up through the organization as a member, a state officer, an ag teacher and ultimately in the position he will assume officially later this summer on June 15th. During those years of service as a member and state officer, he says was a time of both personal and professional growth. He credits the mentorship of Boggs as one aspect that has kept him driven, motivated and passionate about ensuring the programs he leads in his professional career are impactful to the students and members he teaches.
“I tell everybody, probably the best decision I ever made in life was the day I decided to walk through the front doors of my ag building in high school,” he reflected. “That was such a great experience for me. I had a great ag teacher and I just fell in love with the FFA. My freshman year when I was a state officer, Mr. Boggs taught me so much and gave me so many tools that I carry with me every single day.”
Now more than ever, Lucas says agriculture education is becoming increasingly relevant on the world stage. With a growing population to feed and clothe, he insists more students are needed to fill agricultural jobs - regardless of their backgrounds. He says he is excited for the chance now to work with ag-educators across the state to help train and inspire the next generation of agricultural leaders.
As he transitions into his new position, Lucas says he hopes to carry on the traditions and good work that is already practiced throughout the association, but says he is willing to take on and embrace change when and where it is needed to cement Oklahoma FFA’s future success.
“I think Oklahoma FFA does a really, really good job of creating leaders and molding young people and so I’m not looking to just change the world and do things differently,” he said. “I consider this job not just a career, but a calling. I want to make sure Oklahoma FFA is headed in the right place to make an impact on young people, just as it has on myself, in the future.”
Lucas, who earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University, has four years of experience as an agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser at Calumet and Edmond. He also served on Oklahoma’s 2010-11 state FFA officer team as the state FFA reporter.
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