Bill and Elin Miller

Bill and Elin Miller Are Giving Back to FFA for Launching Their Careers

The Millers

Elin Miller describes herself as a scared little girl in the back of the classroom before she joined FFA. But learning FFA skills led to her career as a global vice president for Dow — and as the 2015 chair of the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.

As a young man, Bill Miller had never spoken in front of people or led a meeting, but he went on to be an FFA chapter president and had a career in crop protection, retiring as a vice president of sales and marketing.

In gratitude, they are making an irrevocable gift of life insurance to the National FFA Foundation.

“We wanted to make a gift that would be something that FFA could absolutely count on,” they explained. Their gift will create two types of scholarships: one to combat the teacher shortage in agricultural education and the other to provide a national officer experience.

Elin’s long list of professional credentials includes a presidential appointment as an EPA regional administrator. Making her story even more amazing: As a city girl she fell in love with agriculture through FFA and ran away from home to pursue her dreams.

“My dad wanted me to major in dance and drama,” Elin recalls. “I wanted this job in cotton research to earn my American FFA Degree and run for national FFA office, but the job was a three-hour drive away, and my parents said no.” So she ran away, lived in a trailer that summer and started her major in agriculture.

Elin reunited with her parents at the National FFA Convention in 1980 when she gave her national officer retiring address. She concludes, “I attribute fulfilling my dreams in life to FFA and my parents.”