For the Troy Daily News
PIQUA — Edison State Community College has welcomed Brad Lentz as the Agriculture Program director.
Lentz’s prior experience in agricultural education will prove to be instrumental as he helps to build and support the college’s new agribusiness program, which is set to launch this fall at Edison State’s Darke County campus.
“We are thrilled to have Brad on board as our new Agriculture Program Director,” said Chad Beanblossom, Dean of Edison State’s Darke County Campus. “He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the agriculture industry and is known by many within the education field.”
A Greenville native, Lentz began his most recent role as an agriculture teacher at Ansonia Local Schools in 1996. During this time, Lentz also served as the school’s FFA adviser where he mentored an average of 125 members per year and supervised the school’s greenhouse and garden center.
In addition to his role as an educator, Lentz has also been actively involved with agricultural organizations such as the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators, National Association of Agricultural Educators, Ohio and National Education Association, Ohio Farm Bureau and American Hort.
Lentz earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and holds a master of arts in Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University. Lentz will assume the role of director beginning in August 2016.
“We had several qualified candidates apply to become program director, but Brad’s knowledge and experience make him the best fit for this particular position. Brad will be a valuable addition to the Darke County Campus staff,” added Beanblossom.
The college made the announcement earlier this year that it would offer an agribusiness program to meet the growing demand of the local agricultural industry. The program will reside at the college’s Darke County campus while also serving the residents of Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Randolph, Shelby and surrounding counties.
For more information about the program or to enroll, speak with an advisor by calling (937) 548-5546 or visiting Edison State’s Darke County Campus located at 601 Wagner Ave., Greenville.