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The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication (AgLEC) was established in July 1992, merging the Departments of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications. In the past, Agricultural Education had focused on undergraduate preparation of secondary teachers in vocational agricultural education and on offering a graduate masters degree in the same area for teachers in the field. When the technical services of Agricultural Communications were consolidated in a new non-teaching unit (now named Communications and Information Technology), the academic component of the unit remained as the Department of Agricultural Communications. The department offered courses in technical writing and agricultural journalism, but had no graduate program.
The need to strengthen both units and to build on commonalities in mission brought the group together. Since 1992, faculty of the department have worked together to create a mission statement, action plans, committee structure, and governance guidelines to define programs and move them forward.