High Plains Farm Credit Student Board of Directors

High Plains Farm Credit is proud to collaborate with Fort Hays State University to offer eight students the opportunity to serve on a student advisory board.


The mission of the board is to provide opportunities to those students wishing to gain leadership skills by participating in an academic/corporate agricultural finance experience. This includes exposure to the function of a board of directors and the development of decision-making skills related to an agricultural cooperative.

The students will gain valuable industry knowledge and have the opportunity to grow their network of professional contacts.

Student Board of Directors

The High Plains Farm Credit Student Board of Directors currently consists of three Finance majors and five Agriculture Business majors. The students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and valuable knowledge about the Farm Credit System. Dr. Alan Deines, the Director of the Robbins Banking Institute at Fort Hays and an instructor of Finance, is the primary advisor for the student board. Jeremy Ryan, a Fort Hays Agriculture Business instructor, serves as the second advisor for the group.


The student board attends eight monthly meetings scheduled from September – April each year that are held at the High Plains Farm Credit office in Hays. Meeting times are set based on students’ schedules. Meetings may consist of a short presentation by High Plains’ staff and in some cases, student development work. Report or project preparation time may be required outside the monthly meetings. A $65/meeting honorarium is provided to each student pending meeting attendance.

Eligibility & Selection

Eligibility and selection criteria to be a member of the student board are as follows:

  • FHSU College of Business and Department of Agriculture students who are enrolled in their sophomore or junior year
  • Directors may serve consecutive years by reapplying for a position each spring
  • Students are eligible to continue on the board after graduation only if pursuing a graduate degree at FHSU
  • Directors are eligible to serve a maximum of four years

Application Process

To be considered for the High Plains Farm Credit Student Board of Directors, complete and submit this application along with a resume and transcript by April 15, 2020 to:

Alan Deines
Director, Robbins Banking Institute
221A McCartney Hall

The selection process and possible interviews will be completed by April 30, 2020. Letters will be sent to those selected to serve on the board.