Ohio Farm Bureau Names Monte Anderson 'Ag Educator-of-the-Year'

Anderson Has Served on WC's Agriculture Faculty Since 1985

December 4, 2013

Monte Anderson takes his class to WC's Living Crops Museum, which features numerous varieties of corn.

Monte Anderson takes his class to WC's Living Crops Museum, which features numerous varieties of corn.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation selected Wilmington College’s Monte Anderson for its "Distinguished Agricultural - Cooperative Educator Award."

Anderson, professor of agriculture, was honored for his lifetime contributions to education, Ohio agriculture and service to the Ohio Farm Bureau during the OFB’s 95th annual meeting banquet Dec. 5 in Columbus.

Steve Berk, organization director for Clinton, Greene, Fayette, Franklin and Madison counties, submitted his nomination on behalf of the Clinton County Farm Bureau.

Anderson, a member of WC’s faculty since 1985, earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in agricultural education from The Ohio State University.

He and his wife, Diane, are the parents of four sons, Scott (deceased), Jeff, Brian and Brik, and they have two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

Anderson has been a Farm Bureau member for 15 years, a member of the Ohio Future Farmers of America Board since 2012 and a National Agriculture Teacher in-service participant from 2000 through 2009.

He received the Clinton County Leadership Institute’s “Educator-of-the-Year” award in 2006 and a “Faculty Excellence in Teaching” award presented in 2012 by the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE).

Anderson has played a key leadership role in the success of the College’s nationally recognized Grow Food, Grow Hope initiative since its formation in 2009, and encourages the appreciation, exploration and research of tomatoes through growing more than 200 varieties each summer for a community celebration known as Tomadah Paradah.

Several of WC’s agriculture alumni shared the impact Anderson has had upon their lives.

Sara Campbell, a Class of 2008 member and a district sales manager for agriculture products, said he works to ensure his students’ success through a multitude of out-of-classroom, hands-on experiences.

“Monte was always willing to stay late or come in early to help a student,” she said. “I also appreciate his willingness to help students beyond college. Once you’re a student of Monte’s, he will remember you for a lifetime.”

Local farmer Vincent Fisher ’98 said Anderson was his faculty adviser throughout college.

“He is meticulous about ensuring that students do not fail to meet their goals,” he said. “He is great at guiding someone with a big goal by breaking it down into smaller steps.”

Abigail Watson McClain ’09, a soil conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said teaching comes naturally to Anderson.

“Monte believes in a hands-on approach to teaching,” she said, noting that all first-year agriculture majors must learn how to build a fence, shear a sheep and drive a tractor.

“It’s been five years since I graduated from WC, yet Monte’s lessons are something I think about on a daily basis,” McClain said. “Monte did not just teach agricultural lessons — he taught life lessons.

“Also, believe in people even when they do not believe in themselves, support those in need, give everyone an opportunity to prove themselves and, most of all, take time for others even when you have a complex schedule.

“To that, I say, ‘Thank you, Monte for sharing your gift as a teacher.’”