West Lafayette, IN
Mr. Butcher is an agricultural science and business teacher at
Benton Central High School, a position he has held for the past
thirty years. He has been ranked among the top agricultural and
business teachers in the United States. The Benton Community
School Corporation named him Teacher of the Year in 1990. He
also earned the Distinguished Teach er Award from Wes tern
During his tenure, he has been instrumental in establishing the
Benton Central FF A Alumni Consignment Machinery Auction,
which has generated over $115,000 for chapter operations and
agriculture scholarships. He strongly encourages students to pursue
educational opportunities beyond high school. Mr. Butcher's
leadership in agricultural science and business education is widely
recognized. He served as president of the Indiana Vocational
Agriculture Teachers Association in 1975-76 and was president of
the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association from
1982 to 1984. He was a charter member of the National Council
for Vocational and Technical Education in Agricultural. He also
served as vice president of the American Vocation Association
from 1991 to 1994.
Mr. Butcher has been actively involved in setting the national
agenda for agricultural science and business education. He served
on the National Academy of Sciences panel to evaluate U.S.
agricultural education programs that prepared the National
Research Council report, Understanding Agriculture-New Directions
for Education. This report served as a catalyst for change in
all levels of agricultural education. He has also been at the
forefront of new curriculum development initiatives for Indiana's
agricultural science and business programs.
Mr. Butcher has served on the boards of the National FFA and the
National Council for Agricultural Education. Purdue University
has been the beneficiary of his good counsel through his service as
a member of the Department of Education's Advisory Committee.