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FFA Alumnus Dr. Tom Dobbins Receives Professional Service Award at Clemson

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 17, 2019

SOUTH CAROLINA AGRI-NEWS SERVICE
JOHN W. PARRIS, DIRECTOR
PO BOX 8312
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29202
scffa@bellsouth.net 803-315-2987
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 24, 2019

 

FFA ALUMNUS DR. TOM DOBBINS RECEIVES PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD AT CLEMSON

 

COLUMBIA, SC……Dr. Tom Dobbins, State Director of the Cooperative Extension Service at Clemson University, is the recipient of the Outstanding Professional Service Award presented by the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson in concert with its National Agricultural Alumni Board of Directors, reports John W. Parris, Director of the SC Agri-News Service.


A farm boy from the Townville community and a graduate of Pendleton High School where he was an FFA member and state FFA president, Dobbins graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia in 1980 with an associate degree in Agriculture and from Clemson University in 1982 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He also received an M.S. in Dairy Science from Clemson in 1988.


Dobbins’ professional career began as an agricultural education instructor at West Oak High School followed by the position of Dairy Specialist with the Clemson Extension Service. He entered Virginia Tech in 1997 and graduated with a PhD in Vocational and Technical Education in 1999. He then served as professor and chairman of the Agricultural Education Program at Clemson University until 2014 when he was named State Director of the Cooperative Extension Service at Clemson.


As a result of Dr. Dobbins’ leadership, the Clemson University Extension Service is at the top of the list of outstanding programs in the nation. Significantly-increased support by the SC General Assembly has provided Dr. Dobbins with the opportunity to add a number of new professionals to serve agricultural businesses and industries in South Carolina. He is in the process of improving and expanding the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena, one of the premier multi-purpose livestock facilities in the Southeast. He is also improving the research and educational centers throughout the state. He initiated the SC Extension Service Hall of Fame to recognize and honor outstanding county agents of the past and present.


Dr. Dobbins supervises the state agricultural education administrative staff who assist agricultural educators in more than 100 schools in South Carolina. He serves as superintendent of the livestock division of the SC State Fair and founded the popular Commissioner’s School for Agriculture held at Clemson University each summer.


A widely recognized leader in public education, Dr. Dobbins serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Anderson County School District Four and is an active member of the SC School Boards Association.


“Dr. Dobbins is a strong believer in keeping agriculturalists informed of the latest scientific technology, crop improvement systems and marketing strategies,” Mr. Parris said. “He has a positive vision for the future of agriculture in South Carolina that inspires agriculturalists, legislators, educators and other friends to join him in making his goal an exciting reality”, he added.
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Note to Editor: For additional information contact Dr. Tom Dobbins at 864-656-3382 or John W. Parris at 803-315-2987.

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