Marion C. “Bud” Riviere (shown here on left with John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau Federation presenting award) was born in Alachua on March 1, 1946. Bud served as president of the Santa Fe High School junior and senior FFA chapters, was a member of several FFA teams, including Parliamentary Procedure, and served as state convention delegate. He was elected Florida FFA State President in 1964. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, and later attended Florida A&M, receiving a master’s degree in agricultural education.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Bud went back to where he got his high school diploma – Santa Fe High – but this time as the vocational agriculture teacher, where he served from 1969 to 1973. Bud was recognized for excellence during his time at Santa Fe, where he trained teams in livestock, dairy, horticulture demonstration, parliamentary procedure, and public speaking, and was named the Outstanding Young Agriculture Teacher in the South in 1972.
Bud coordinated state-level FFA activities, serving as Florida FFA Association Executive Secretary from 1973 to 1975. Bud then served as the principal of the Gainesville Agribusiness Center for six years. During that time, his FFA chapter won the Governor’s Citation in the Building Our American Communities Contest. His program became a national model for instructing agriscience students from inner-city schools.
In 1981, Bud moved to Bay County to be the director of the Haney Vocational Technical Center, where he served for 16 years. While there, he was elected president of the Florida Vocational Association and served for two years as president of the Florida Area Center Directors’ Association. In 1997, he was appointed as dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Chipola College in Marianna, where he served until he retired in 2011.
Bud is a former member of Lions International and the Optimist Club. He also recently served as a member of the Florida FFA Foundation Board of Directors.
Bud married the former Judy Wright, and together, they have four children and six granddaughters. Bud and Judy reside in Clanton, Alabama, where they enjoy gardening, fishing, hunting, outdoor activities, and entertaining friends and family.