Jimmerson honored at White House

25_bill-jimmerson_7781MSU alumnus and fomer teacher and resident of Conrad, Bill Jimmerson, has been selected as a White House Champion of Change and was honored during a ceremony at the White House Tuesday.

The award given by the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USD), recognizes service in local communities.

Jimmerson is one of six adult leaders of FFA and 4-H selected to be honored. In addition, six youth will recognized. The 12 were selected from more the 1,000 nominees nationwide.

Jimmerson has been involved in Ag-education and the FFA (Future Farmers of America) since the early 1970s, after graduating from MSU in 1970 with a degree in Ag- education.

He served as an Ag-education teacher and FFA Advisor for 25 years, first in Grass Range and then Conrad before becoming the state FFA advisor in Montana, a position he held for seven years.

He is known for developing opportunities for Native American students through FFA and has worked to connect leaders and teachers in Montana’s Indian reservations to the organization.

Jimmerson is now an educational consultant with a company that provides in-service programs to teachers in Montana.

Jimmerson said he is honored to receive the award.

“I have spent my whole career in Ag-education, trying to make changes to promote opportunities for our next generation, and to receive an award for those efforts is truly humbling,” he said.

He wrote in an email, “The Montana FFA Association Continues to grow and prosper, and I am proud to have helped with the growth. I am also very proud that more and more native American FFA members on our reservations are getting more involved in their local FFA chapters due to the FFA/American Indian program  that I started seven years ago.”

Jimmerson’s wife, Molly, will join him at the ceremony. He noted that this is his first trip back to Washington, D.C. since 1971.

“We are very excited to see all the changes that have occurred in the past 41 years and to spend a day in the White House will just be awesome,” he said.