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COD : Glenn W. Sample

1953 Certificate of Distinction Winner Glenn W. Sample

Glenn W. Sample


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Glenn W. Sample was a pioneer of Indiana agriculture for more than 50 years. It has been said that two of Glenn’s proudest moments were when he received his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1935 and when Purdue awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1972. Glenn W. Sample traveled throughout the state for speaking engagements, was host of a daily farm radio program and launched a travel service that enabled farmers to travel around the world. In 1957 he was elected vice president and secretary of Indiana Farm Bureau and became a leader in developing Indiana agricultural policy. During his tenure, he held close to 30 gubernatorial appointments to state boards, committees and commissions. His work on one of those commissions led to legislation creating the Indiana Vocational Technical College. He served on Ivy Tech's board of trustees from the college's inception and was named its president in 1975. He served in that capacity until his death at age 67 in January 1980. His son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Angela Sample, donated funds in 2005 for a named deanship- the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture.