Joe Guthrie, a Senior Instructor, has been teaching courses in business, communications, and leadership in the Agricultural Technology Program since 2007. He advises students in the AAM Option who have a primary interest in agricultural business management. He also owns and operates a beef cattle and hay farm in nearby Pulaski County, and he brings more than 25 years of agricultural business management experience to the classroom.
Joe received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech and was named Virginia Tech’s Man of the Year as the outstanding graduating senior in 1989. He earned a master’s degree in 1991 in agricultural economics and international trade from Massey University in New Zealand, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2007, he was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in Agriculture to research international trade of beef from Australia and New Zealand. In 2011, he was elected to a four-year term on the Pulaski County School Board and in 2015 was elected to a four-year term on the county’s Board of Supervisors.
Joe has served as the president of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Association, president of Pulaski County Farm Bureau, and president of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association. He was appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board and was appointed by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Virginia Cattle Industry Board. Joe and his wife Carol have three children and live on the family farm near Dublin.