KENTUCKY CATTLEMEN'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Leadership Program is an intensive learning experience. It provides a balance between learning and practicing as it encourages application of the ideas outside of the session. The program is designed to help leaders in the beef industry become more aware of all segments of the industry, make informed decisions on agricultural policy and public issues, and represent the beef industry to the public by becoming active at the local, state, and national levels.
|KCA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW|
|In September of 1988, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Education and Research Committee approved the idea of a Leadership Development Program at the urging of Dr. Curtis Absher and Joe Goggin. The first organizational subcommittee of the proposed leadership program met in Elizabethtown on December 12, 1988. The subcommittee members, consisting of Dr. Curtis Absher, Joe Goggin, Dr. JL Cole, Jeff Settles, Garland Bastin and Allen Goggin, met three times during the month of January 1989 to discuss the development and curriculum of the program. After this initial start the program was always considered a “future program” until it regrouped in December 1991 with a new source of funding. In January of 1992 the committee met and established the goals, objectives and format of the program and by October of that same year, Class I of the Leadership Development Program was underway.
Since 1992, seven classes of the Leadership Development Program have graduated. The following are the alumni for each class and each chairman of the Leadership Committee during those years:
Class I: 1992-1994, Chaired by Nelson Curry
Bert Jolly, Bruce Kimbell, Charles May, Charles Miller, Danny Ray Spalding, David Lawyer, Doug Shephard, Dr. Carolyn Orr, Dr. Harry T. Ward, Faye Korthaus, George Graves, Greg Thomas, John Wilson, Keith Newman, Larry Clay, Larry Reber, Linda Anderson, Pat Clements, Ralph Hamilton, Rick Greenwell, Rick Thomas, Rob Congleton, Stephen Richardson, Steve Brangers
Class II: 1994-1996, Chaired by Jeff Settles
Class III: 1997-1999, Chaired by Jeff Settles
Class IV: 2000-2002, Chaired by Joe Goggin
*In July 2003, the Leadership Committee met and decided to temporarily postpone the Leadership Program due to the uncertainty with regard to funding. The program was reorganized in 2007 with Whayne Supply Company as the new sponsor.
Class V: 2007-2008, Chaired by Eddie Young
Class VI: 2010-2011, Chaired by Chris Cooper
Class VII: 2013-2014, Chaired by Andy Bishop