Student Board of Directors

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.

KelsiJo Crouch
Co-Chair 2019 Student Board

“High Plains Farm Credit, in conjunction with FHSU, has created an incredible opportunity for agribusiness and finance students to become familiar with the Farm Credit system. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this innovative program, which have provided me with leadership and critical thinking skills, while also offering valuable experience.”

Dr. Tisa Mason
President of Fort Hays State University

“The High Plains Farm Credit student advisory board is an opportunity for students to put learning into action and make a difference in the future of the agriculture industry and banking in Kansas. This unique collaborative experience helps students to build a future in finance, expand their network with industry leaders, share a voice in the drafting of forward-thinking agriculture lending policy, and engage in leading-edge agriculture and banking research.”

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, 2021 to:

Alan Deines
Director, Robbins Banking Institute
221A McCartney Hall

The selection process and possible interviews will be completed by April 30, 2021. Letters will be sent to those selected to serve on the board.