Kentucky Ag News

Murray State ag dean Brannon earns regional honor


Special to Kentucky Agricultural News

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Tony Brannon of Murray State University was named the Region II Outstanding Career and Technical Educator by the Association for Career and Technical Education on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas.


During the ACTE awards banquet, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan quoted Dr. Brannon: “Academic education isn't education unless it is vocational, and vocational education isn't education unless it is academic.”

Brannon is dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University and a former agricultural education teacher and teacher educator. Brannon has served as chair of the Kentucky FFA Foundation Board, chair of the Kentucky Agriculture Council, and numerous other leadership positions in the state. Brannon was instrumental in establishing the Statewide Articulation Agreement for Agriculture and developing the Racer Academy. Both of these programs have helped hundreds of Kentucky agriculture education students earn college credit while in high school.