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Melvin H. Johnson

Melvin H. Johnson
  • Birth: 11/04/1935
Date Honored: 09/14/2007

Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame

Melvin H. Johnson's contributions to Agricultural Education in Georgia have allowed the program to flourish and grow more than any other state in this nation. As a teacher, leader in the agricultural and educational communities, State Staff member, and State Director of Agricultural Education in Georgia, Johnson is recognized as being the foundation for the tremendous improvements in Agricultural Education in Georgia.

Mr. Johnson attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BSA and Masters Degree in Agricultural Education.

Mr. Johnson began his service as an Agricultural Education teacher at Berrien County High School in 1958. While teaching, Melvin Johnson earned the award for Young Teacher of the Year for Berrien County Schools in 1964 and a place in the Georgia Agricultural Education Teachers Hall of Fame in 2000.

After leaving the classroom, Mr. Johnson served as Director of the State FFA-FHA Center in Covington from 1979 to 1996. In 1996, Melvin H. Johnson was named State Director of Agricultural Education. During his years as State Director of Agricultural Education, Mr. Johnson received the National Outstanding State Supervisor Award in 1999.

Melvin H. Johnson's other accolades include: the past president of the local chapter of the Georgia Educators Association, an Executive Board member of the Georgia Agriculture Teachers Association, and past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Farmers Club.

Mr. Johnson has served in various capacities in Southern Baptist churches as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School Director. Other service to his community include: past president of the Exchange Club, member of the Newton County Olympic Committee in 1996, Director of the Berrien County Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Jaycees.

Presently, Melvin H. Johnson is serving as supervisor of the Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District, representing Rabun County. He is also currently serving on the advisory board for the Rodeheaver Boy's Ranch in Palatka, Florida.

Lastly, he coordinates volunteers at the Rabun County Senior Center and participates in numerous civic, religious, and service organizations and serves on the Board of Directors for the FCCLA.