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President of State Technical College of Missouri Selected for Educator Cooperation Award

LAS VEGAS  – Donald Claycomb, Ph.D, president of State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Mo., is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Cooperation on Dec. 6 at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas.
 Claycomb began his 48-year career in education as a high school agriculture teacher in Tabor, Iowa, and then in Trenton, Mo.  He served as the executive director of the Missouri State Council on Vocational Education and as an agricultural education professor at the University of Missouri and Kansas State University. Most recently, Claycomb has served as president of STC for the past 20 years.

Under his leadership, STC has become one of the most successful technical colleges in Missouri, with one of the highest graduation rates of all public institutions in the state. STC has served as a partner with the Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association and Missouri FFA in many areas. It sponsors the social at the Missouri summer agriculture teacher conference and donates items for auctions and fundraisers throughout the year.

Throughout his career, Claycomb has received numerous awards for his support and contribution to agricultural education. Some of these awards include the Honorary State and American FFA Degree, being inducted into the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Missouri SkillsUSA Service Recognition Award in 2004.

Each of the six regional Outstanding Cooperation Award winners received a plaque. NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators.  Its mission is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”  The NAAE office is located in Lexington, Ky.


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