Terry Hejny, University of Nebraska Extension educator for the past 10 years, is the new director of the Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) program, which is now in its 26th year of developing adult men and women into leaders in agriculture.
Hejny, who took the reins of the program Sept. 10, replaces Dr. Allen Blezek, who retired Sept. 1 after guiding 24 of the 27 LEAD groups chosen thus far. A total of 720 LEAD class members are alumni of those 24 classes that Blezek led.
Hejny, 49, is himself a LEAD alumnus, having participated in LEAD Class XX in 2000-2002.
"I have personally experienced the impact that the Nebraska LEAD program can make in the personal lives of its participants," says Hejny.
He adds, "I am honored to become the next director of the Nebraska LEAD program and I look forward to the challenges that come with maintaining the quality of the finest adult leadership program in the country, if not the world."
Raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in southeast Seward County, Hejny graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's of science degree in agriculture in 1980.
He served as ag education instructor and FFA adviser at Geneva Public Schools from 1980 to 1997, after which he became Extension educator in Fillmore County. In March 2005, he moved to Cass County as Extension educator.
Hejny and his wife, Pam, who live in Eagle, have two daughters. Ashley, who graduated from UNL in food science and technology, is now a graduate student at Purdue University where her husband, Nathan Mueller, is employed by the Indiana Department of Agriculture. Courtney is majoring in journalism at UNL.