NAAE Board of Directors Conference Call Minutes
April 12, 2001

The NAAE Board of Directors conducted a conference call on April 12, 2001.  All members of the board and the executive director participated in the call including: Paul Jaure (TX), President; Bryan Gause (IN), President Elect; Sue Poland (ID), Region I Vice President; Larry Long (OK), Region II Vice President; Chuck Stranberg (MN), Region III Vice President; Jeff Maierhofer (IL), Region IV Vice President; Roger Teeple (NC), Region V Vice President; Sarah Osborn Welty (MD), Region VI Vice President; and Jay Jackman (VA), Executive Director.  Also on the call was Dr. Larry Case of the United States Department of Education.  Paul Jaure and Jeff Maierhofer were unavailable at the beginning to the call, but both joined in while the call was in progress.  The minutes of the meeting are as follows.

1.  Call to OrderPresident Elect Bryan Gause called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. and welcomed the board members to the meeting

2.  Approval of the Minutes of the March 18, 2001 Board Conference CallAfter one correction suggested by Roger Teeple and one clarification suggested by Sue Poland, Chuck Stranberg moved, Roger Teeple seconded, to approve the March 18, 2001 conference call minutes as corrected.  The motion carried.

3.  NAAE Board Restructuring ProposalThe board discussed the NAAE Board Restructuring Proposal at great length.  It was agreed to rewrite the rationale section to include some language suggested by Dr. Case.

It was also agreed to revise the section on budget implications (and throughout the document) to state that the cost estimates of adding the three new board positions were very liberal.  The justification for this is that the duties of the three new board members will differ from the duties of the current regional vice presidents, president elect and president.  Specifically, the new board members’ responsibilities primarily will be to attend and participate in the official NAAE board meetings.  The new board members will not be reimbursed for their travel expenses to attend NAAE regional meetings or meetings of their respective other agricultural education related professional organizations.

Considerable discussion ensued regarding how the three new board members would be elected.  It was agreed to not change this section in the proposal at this time.  However, it was agreed that this is an issue that needs more thought and clarification.

4.  Update – State Relationship Manager Pilot ProjectThe pilot project will be to determine if it is feasible to do state relationship management on a Team Ag Ed basis.  For the pilot project, FFA will cover travel costs for the managers.  Team Ag Ed leaders (Larry Case, Coleman Harris, Bernie Staller, Rosco Vaughn, Anna Melodia, Jay Jackman, and others) will be the “test pilots.”  These individuals will work with ag ed leaders in the states to help them with their state’s needs and agendas.  Organizations (FFA, Council, NAAE, USDE, etc.) will provide information for the “portfolio” that the state relationship manager will carry to the states.  The state relationship managers will undergo training from all participating groups.  We will roll out the project in September 2001 for the 1-year pilot.

5.  Update – Ag Teacher Representative on the National FFA BoardThis is still being held up on the desk of the USDE White House Liaison due to the moratorium on all mission agencies placed by the Bush Administration.

6. Update – NAAE SponsorsIt is likely that NAAE will lose New Holland and Case Corporation as sponsors for the Outstanding Ag Ed Teacher Program and Outstanding Ag Ed Program programs for this year.  These two organizations, now under the same corporate structure (CNH), may be dropping all of their sponsorships with the National FFA Foundation.  If NAAE loses these sponsors, this will place our convention finances in a desperate position.

7.  Update – USDA NewsJay Jackman reported that Dr. Joe Jen, Dean of Agriculture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, has been nominated for USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics.  The number of proposals submitted for the FY 2001 Secondary Ag Ed Challenge Grant Program is down this year (56 proposals this year compared to 80 last year).  The Executive Budget has flat funding for the Secondary Ag Ed Challenge Grant program for FY 2002 (that’s a good thing given that the USDA budget is down in the Executive Budget).  We feel we’re establishing good contacts with Senator Craig and Senator Kohl – thanks to excellent grass-roots efforts – for getting increased funding the for secondary grant program for FY 2002.

8.  Update – FFA Branding StudyChuck Stranberg and Dr. Case reported on the FFA Branding Study.  Dr. Case ensured that “FFA” stays!  Also Dr. Case anticipates that words may be associated with the FFA letters (something such as “Federation of Future Agriculturalists”), there may be a tagline that is descriptive (something such as “Student Leadership Development”), and there may be a tagline that is motivational (something such as “Learn More, Do More, Be More”).

9.  Update – Project Food, Land and People MeetingChuck Stranberg will be attending the Project Food, Land and People steering committee meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina during May 2-6.  Jay Jackman will be visiting with the FLP staff on April 24 and 25 just prior to the Region I conference.

10.  Update – USDE NewsDr. Case reported that Carol D’Amico from Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana has been selected as the next USDE division director for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education.  Also, Bret Lovejoy has resigned as executive director of ACTE; ag ed professionals should be encouraged to apply for this position.  Also, the career clusters project funding has been released by USDE; the Oklahoma Department of Vocational Education will be leading the project; Idaho and Iowa will be the lead states for the agricultural education cluster.

11.  Next Conference CallThe next NAAE board conference call was scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 8, 2001, to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The two major agenda items for the call will be a report on the restructuring plan following the Region I conference and 2001 NAAE Convention planning

12.  AdjournmentPaul Jaure adjourned the conference call meeting at 8:30 p.m.