At the 2015 CFAES Alumni Awards, agricultural education alum C. Dale Baughman was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award gives public recognition to the men and women who have rought distinction to themselves; to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; to the School of Environment and Natural Resources; to the Agricultural Technical Institute; to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and to Ohio State University Extension through their participation, commitment and leadership.
Dale earned his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University in 1961. After graduating, he started as a vocational agriculture (VoAg) and science teacher at Graham High School in Champaign County. During this time, he was also working toward his Master of Arts in Education Administration at Wittenberg University. Dale maintained his VoAg position and also served as guidance counselor, athletic director and assistant principal.
In 1966, Dale became vocational director intern and administrative assistant to the Montgomery County Superintendent of Schools. Hired to spearhead the creation of a comprehensive vocational technology district for high school and adult students of Miami Valley, he obtained commitments from 13 school districts. Starting in 1971, Dale served as director/assistant superintendent of the Montgomery County JVS District until 1976 when he was named superintendent. The Montgomery County Joint Vocational School District continued to grow over time, increasing to 27 member districts. To more accurately reflect the expanded district, the name was changed to Miami Valley Career Technology Center in 1994. In 1995, Dale led students and staff to Russia on a 30-day educational exchange program.
Dale earned his PhD in Educational Administration from Miami University in 1972. Throughout the 70s, he taught graduate level courses at the University of Dayton.
A longtime member of Ohio Vocational Association and American Vocational Association, Dale has also held memberships with Ohio JVS District Superintendents’ Association (past president); Buckeye Association of Schools Administrators (legislative agent, representative at State Board of Education meetings, representative at Ohio School Facilities Commission meetings, and at-large member of the legislative committee); and the American Association of School Administrators.
Also active in his community, Dale has held memberships with the Greater Dayton Jaycees, Dayton Area Junior Achievement Board of Directors, Northmont Rotary Club (past president), United Way of Montgomery County Education Division (chairman and pacesetter), BrookHaven Retirement Community (director since 1992, president 2002–2014), and the Farm Bureau Advisory Council.
Dale and his wife, Carol, live in Brookville, Ohio. They are the parents of Gregory and Bradley.
Congratulations Dale on your many accomplishments and for representing the agricultural education profession.