W. Dwight Armstrong - Doctor of Agriculture

May 2013  


W. Dwight Armstrong

W. Dwight Armstrong

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W. Dwight Armstrong of Indianapolis is a native of Kentucky, where he grew up on a small general farm outside the town of Kuttawa. He graduated from Lyon County High School and was an active leader in the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization for agriculture students. He earned a BS degree in agriculture from Murray State University in 1971, then a master's degree and a PhD in animal science from Purdue in1973 and 1975, respectively. While serving on the faculty at North Carolina State University in the Animal Sciences Department from 1975 to 1982, Armstrong was engaged in teaching, research and extension work in swine nutrition. 

From 1982 to 2000, Armstrong worked with Akey Inc., in Lewisburg, Ohio, where he progressed through various roles from director of nutrition and director of sales to president. The Akey organization was a privately held animal nutrition solutions supplier that served all of the United States. In 2000, the company was sold to Provimi, a public company located in the Netherlands. With Provimi, Armstrong was CEO of North American Nutrition Companies, director of the Americas and vice president of the Global Group. In this last role, he lived in the Netherlands and had operational responsibilities for Provimi's businesses in the Americas, France and Switzerland, and also served as a global innovation leader. In 2008, he retired from Provimi and started his own consulting business with a focus on animal nutrition and agribusiness. In 2009, Armstrong joined the National FFA Organization as its chief operating officer and was later named CEO, which is the position he holds today. 

Armstrong has served on various industry, business and not-for-profit boards during his career: American Society of Animal Science board, 1996-1998; Animal Agricultural Alliance board of trustees, 1998-2001; American Feed Industry Association board, 1998-2001, and chair, 2001; National FFA Foundation Sponsors' Board, 2000-2005, and chair, 2005; Professional Services board, 2009-present; Mathile Institute board, 2011-present; and Shoulder to Shoulder board, 2012-present. 

In addition, Armstrong has received several awards and recognitions: Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award from Purdue, 1995; American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award, 2000; Outstanding Agriculture Alumni Award from Murray State University, 2002; Honorary American FFA Degree, 2005; National FFA VIP Award, 2006; Distinguished Alumnus Award from Murray State University, 2007; and Distinguished Service Award from the American Feed Industry Association, 2009. 

Armstrong has been married to Judy Almes for 43 years and they have two grown sons, Todd and Adam, two wonderful daughters-in-law, Angie and Katie and three beautiful grandchildren, Aaron, Anna Kate and Meredith.

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