As far as Southeastern Indiana is concerned, Albert M. "Bish" Bishea, Evansville, is Mr. County Agent, Mr. Agriculture, and Mr. Purdue.
Born in Batesville, Indiana in 1900, he received his B.S. Degree from Purdue in 1923. After being awarded a Masters Degree from Indiana State Teachers College, he taught vocational agriculture at Switz City and Elnora.
In 1934 "Bish" became County Agent in Daviess County. In 1939, he was hired as Agriculture Agent for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, a position he held till he was appointed County Agent in Vanderburgh County.
In Vanderburgh County, Al Bishea has been a pioneer in the development of a cooperative climate between city and country. He developed and promoted many community action programs. He has been a leader in radio and television coverage for the "Pocket" area. He spearheaded the development of one of the finest 4-H grounds in the Midwest.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Mr. Bishea has been one of Evansville's civic leaders. His qualities of leadership have been unselfishly given to his fellow Extension Agents, too. Dozens of younger agents have turned to him for counsel and advice.
As far as Ag Alumni is concerned, he has been steadfast in his loyalty to the Association and to the purposes it pursues. On that basis, and for many others, we are proud to give Al Bishea the Certificate of Distinction.