, | Certificate of Distinction: 2011
Beth Archer has a talent for influencing people she comes in contact with. After graduating from Purdue with a B.S. in Home Economics Education, she worked as a Consumer and Family Science teacher and for the state Department of Education. In 1991 she became an employee of AgrIInstitute and was eventually promoted to her current position of Executive Director. Beth has since touched the lives of over 300 Indiana agriculturalists through her work with the Indiana Ag Leadership Program.
Beth is one of the most vocal advocates for advancing Indiana agriculture through her leadership with AgrIInstitute. Under Beth’s direction the program has grown, become financially independent, and been recognized as the premier leadership opportunity for cultivating leadership in Indiana’s agriculture industry. Participants in the Ag Leadership Program are developed to be pro-advocates of agriculture. The program uses well-developed media training so that the graduates are able to appropriately meet the challenge of explaining agricultural practices to opposition groups. She has secured grants for the program from Cenex Harvest States Foundation, Phillip Morris, Farm Credit Services Foundation, Lily Endowment, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Pioneer Hybrid, and the Indiana Department of Rural Affairs. With Beth in charge, AgrIInstitute has been brought to a level that is both admired and envied by Ag Leadership programs across the country. Her hard work was recognized by her colleagues when she was named Leader of the year for the International Association Programs for Agriculture Leadership.
Beth’s strong advocacy for agriculture has also led her to work with other organizations within the industry. She was appointed to the Indiana Rural Development Council by the Lt. Governor and was elected to chair the Council by her peers. She also chairs the Indiana Agricultural Round Table and is President of the Indiana Leadership Association.
Even after all of her other responsibilities, Beth still finds time to volunteer in her local community. She served two years on the Purdue Extension Advisory Council for Hendricks County, assisted with the formation of the Leadership Hendricks County program, and served as team captain for the Danville Relay for Life. Additionally she is a children’s ministry team leader and secured a grant for the building expansion at Clayton Christian Church.