Hall of Fame

2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Hall of Fame is to honor those Alpha Gamma Rho Brothers who have made outstanding contributions to the Fraternity, steadfast service in their professional work or exceptional service to mankind. 

Bernie Staller

Bernie Staller

Bernie Staller was born April 4, 1943. In 1962, he was initiated into the Iota Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brother Staller would go on to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education in 1965, and later his master’s degree, also in Agriculture Education.

Bernie started his career serving as the agribusiness instructor and FFA Advisor at Janesville-Parker High School for 11 years. During that time, enrollment in the agriculture education program grew from 40 to roughly 500 students and expanded from one to five instructors.

He then joined the National FFA Foundation as the Assistant Executive Director in July 1977 and became the Executive Director on April 1, 1979. Brother Staller climbed his way to Chief Operating Officer (COO) for both the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation, assuming this role on March 18, 1991.

As COO, Bernie guided the National FFA Organization out of a 15-year decline and stabilized the organization’s financial standing. He also improved staff and operations while expanding more services to state FFA Associations and local chapters. His tenure also includes the National FFA Organization’s relocation from Alexandria, VA, to Indianapolis in 1998.

Brother Staller also oversaw record-breaking levels of fundraising for 24 years as the Executive Director and then the COO. During his time at the National FFA Organization, the FFA Foundation raised more than $75 million in support of FFA and agricultural education. After 37 years, Bernie retired in 2004.

Brother Staller was recognized as the 2004 Agribusiness Leader of the Year by the National Agri-Marketing Association, received Honorary Recognition at the University of Wisconsin, the Honorary American Degree from the National FFA Organization, is an honorary member of Gamma Sigma Delta (the Honor Society of Agriculture), received the distinguished service award with the Wisconsin FFA Association, and many more special recognitions.

As an alumnus, Bernie was the Grand President in 2018 and has held many positions within the National Fraternity including Vice Grand President from 2016-2018, Educational Foundation Director, Educational Foundation Chair, Alumni Director at Iota Chapter, National Board Member and many more.

The Hall of Fame is to honor those Alpha Gamma Rho alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the Fraternity and/or outstanding service in their professional work and/or exceptional service to mankind. Inductees should be held in high esteem as other AGRs reflect on the Brother’s stature.

Tim Heiller

Tim Heiller

Tim Heiller was born March 4, 1968. He was initiated into the Eta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho at Iowa State University in 1987. Brother Heiller graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1990 and started his career with Elanco Animal Health.

During his time with Elanco, Tim recruited 26 new hires, 18 of which were AGR men. He also oversaw creating, leading and implementing the strategies within Elanco to coordinate the adoption of Payleen and Optaflexx with meat packers across the nation.

Brother Heiller now works for PIC as a Key Account Manager. In this position, he works on the company’s recruitment strategy and helps implement it at targeted campuses to assist with recruiting new college graduates.

Tim’s work with the Fraternity, specifically Eta Chapter, is described as “few can match.” As an alumnus, he started serving as the Eta Chapter Adviser in 1992. It wasn’t until 2014 that he retire from that position. During his time as the Eta Chapter Adviser, he influenced the lives of roughly 600 young men. Brother Heiller also led the chapter in adopting the National AGR Brotherhood Program.

During his 22 years as an Adviser, he also implemented an educational program for graduating seniors. This program helped collegiates at Eta Chapter better prepare themselves for life after college. The multi-session program provided lessons on various topics including “Financial 101,” giving back to local communities, churches and more.

He also took on two large renovation projects for the Eta Chapter House in 1992 and 2005, sitting on committees that focused on the re-design of the building and the fundraising for the project.

Brother Heiller also helped establish the “AGR Legacy Fund” in 2014. This fund, designed to provide scholarships to Eta Chapter collegiates based on their achievements in the classroom and leadership in the chapter, has provided more than $250,000 in scholarships to Eta Chapter brothers.

Brother Heiller currently serves as the Adviser Forum Coordinator for the National Fraternity.

For his hard work and dedication, Tim has been recognized as a Brother of the Century by AGR and recognized as the Outstanding Adviser award in 2015. He was inducted into the Iowa State Greek Hall of Fame in 2018 and received the Iowa State Order of the Knoll-Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2010. Brother Heiller has also received several awards within his local community and the state of Iowa.

The Hall of Fame is to honor those Alpha Gamma Rho alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the Fraternity and/or outstanding service in their professional work and/or exceptional service to mankind. Inductees should be held in high esteem as other AGRs reflect on the Brother’s stature.

Past Hall of Fame Inductees

1974
  1. Sleeter Bull, Ohio State
  2. Maynard H. Coe, Minnesota
  3. Earl L. Butz, Purdue

1976
  4. J. Holmes Martin, Kentucky
  5. J. Clyde Driggers, Florida
  6. Nathan L. Rice, Illinois

1978
  7. Frank E. Mullen, Iowa State
  8. David C. Pfendler, Purdue
  9. Paul K. Bresee, Illinois

1980
  10. Emil M. Mrak, California
  11. W. Elmo Baumann, Oklahoma State
  12. Harold R. McCulloch, Pennsylvania State

1982
  13. E. T. York, Auburn
  14. Clifford Hardin, Purdue

1984
  15. A. B. Hamilton, Maryland
  16. A. B. Sawyer, Illinois
  17. Don Paarlberg, Purdue

1986
  18. Russ Mawby, Michigan State
  19. Harold White, Georgia
  20. Vern Freeman, Purdue
  21. Jerry Litton, Missouri

1988
  22. Wallace Jerome, Lambda
  23. William B. Sayre, Iowa State
  24. Orville Redenbacher, Purdue

1990
  25. Lindley Finch, Iowa State
  26. True Morse, Missouri
  27. Lee Morgan, Illinois
  28. Ovid Bay, Missouri

1992
  29. Doyle Conner, Florida
  30. Ed Lidvall, Iowa State

1994
  31. L. Gene Lemon, Illinois
  32. Herbert Plambeck, Iowa State

1996
  33. Dean C. DeCarli, California-Davis
  34. Roland C. Ferguson, Iowa State
  35. Milton G. Soper, Cornell

1998
  36. John D. Fuqua, Flordia
  37. Loren K. Robinson, Western Illinois
  38. Ivan K. Strickler, Kansas State

2000
  39. Dale Bruhn, Wisconsin-Madison
  40. Karl E. Gardner, Purdue
  41. Ted A. Priebe, Purdue

2002
  42. Warren D. Nichols-Kansas State
  43. L.S. "Bill" Pope-Michigan State
  44. Thomas M. Sutherland-Colorado State
  45. Charles L. Thompson-Oklahoma State

2006
  46. Zane Akins, Missouri
  47. Bobby N. Duck, Tennessee Martin
  48. Robert L. Oehrtman, Ohio State
  49. Gerald C. Puppe, North Dakota State

2008
  50. Gene L. Swackhamer, Purdue
  51. Marvin J. Walter, Iowa State
  52. J. Brent Hurd, Tennesse-Knoxville

2010
53. R. Kirby Barrick, Ohio State
54. Jack Brown, North Dakota State
55. Allan R. Johnson, North Dakota State
56. Paul S. Weller, Jr., Maryland

2012
57. James C. Borel, Iowa State
58. Doyle Jacklin, Washington State
59. Charles Napier, Missouri

2014
60. Keith Bjerke, North Dakota State
61. Ole Meland, Cal Poly
62. David Van Wert, Iowa State

2016
63. Erwin Clark, Vermont
64. Hale Moss, Tennessee-Knoxville
65. Loren Kruse, Kansas State
66. Thad Kuhfuss, Illinois

2018
67. Bill Boehm, Wisconsin-River Falls
68. Jim Driscoll, Montana State
69. Phil Josephson, Wisconsin-River Falls

2020
70. Jack Britt, Western Kentucky University
71. A. L. Hutson, Oklahoma State
72. Glenn Stith, Kentucky

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