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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ag Science Facility Name Honors Former Teacher

On February 25, 2014, the Mansfield ISD Board of Trustees approved the naming of the new agricultural facility currently under construction to the west of the newly opened Tarver-Rendon Elementary School. The Ron Whitson Agricultural Science Center is named in honor of a longtime Mansfield ISD educator.

Ron Whitson began his career in MISD as an Agricultural Science teacher in August of 1980. Throughout his 27 years of dedicated service to the district, Whitson made a big impact in the areas of agriculture education as well as career and technology.

He received many awards and honors including a Mansfield ISD Distinguished Educator Award, an Honorary American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, a Fellowship from the Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers, and 16 Distinguished Service Awards from the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas.

Following his retirement from Mansfield ISD in 2007, Whitson accepted a position with the Texas Education Agency, where he currently serves as a Statewide Career and Technical Education Coordinator.  He provides management and oversight for a variety of career clusters and the Achieve Texas College and Career Readiness Initiative. He also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Texas FFA Association, Texas FFA Foundation, HOSA Texas Association, and the National Consortium for Health Science Education.

On behalf of Mansfield ISD, we would like to congratulate Ron Whitson on the honor of being the district’s newest facility namesake. Thank you for being a trusted leader and a true advocate for student success. 

The district will hold a dedication ceremony for the Ron Whitson Agricultural Science Center prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Details will be forthcoming.

Related: March 3, 2014 - "District names new agri center" Mansfield News-Mirror