Glenn Allen Stith, a native of Meade County, graduated from UK in 1978 with a degree in agricultural economics. Immediately following graduation, he joined Monsanto and for the next 32 years held a variety of positions in the company. At his retirement in 2010, he was vice president of commercial operations, North America and Latin America North, for Monsanto’s crop protection division.
Throughout his career, Stith approached and embraced challenges with his trademark belief that nothing is impossible to accomplish with the right amount of effort, energy, hard work and focus on the task at hand. He was a sought-after mentor and coach who gave countless hours of advice to others even as he took on larger leadership challenges.
Stith also lends his time and talents to the country’s youth, especially through FFA and Alpha Gamma Rho. Stith, a former Kentucky state FFA president, is chair-elect of the National FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council and past chair of the National FFA Foundation Sponsor’s Board. He and his wife recently established the Glenn and Maggie Stith Leadership Development Fund Endowment that will provide about $1,500 in scholarship assistance to 110 FFA members to attend the Washington Leadership Conference each year. FFA members who live in Kentucky will be given first preference to receive a scholarship.
Stith, who was active in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity while at UK, today serves as vice president of the Alpha Gama Rho National Foundation. He has contributed to the fraternity’s building fund at UK and is providing leadership to the fundraising campaign. In addition, he has served on the strategic planning committee for the chapter.
Stith has also invested in the future of students in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He and his brothers, Dale and Leslie, each gave to establish and endow the Lincoln Trail Ag & HES Alumni Scholarship Fund, which benefits students from the nine-county region. Others followed their lead in contributing to the fund, and in 2012, three students received a scholarship.
In addition to his work with youth, Stith has served on the Crop Life American Board of Directors; Western Growers Board of Directors; past chair of Western Plan Health Association; and past vice chair of Crop Protection Institute of Canada.
Stith is a UK Fellow and a recipient of the UK Ag & HES Lifetime Achievement Award.
Today, Stith lives in Ankeny, Iowa and is an agribusiness consultant.