Edward T. Schafer

Edward T. Schafer

Secretary of Agriculture

DeMolay provided an arena for me to develop my personal expressions of faith when it wasn't "cool" to do so among the young men my age.  I also have grown to realize that committing to a common set of values allowed me to understand other views and to interact with a broad range of people better.  The interpersonal skills and leadership qualities that were developed within the structures of DeMolay have served me well through my private business and public service careers.
Inducted June 21, 2008


Graduate of University of North Dakota (1969)

Bachelor of Business Administration M.B.A. from the University of Denver (1970)

Secretary Schafer was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture on January 28, 2008

President of the Gold Seal Company (1978 - 1986)

Served as Governor for North Dakota (1992 - 2000)

Chairman of the Midwest Governors' Conference (1995)

Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (1995)

Chairman of the Western Governors' Association (1997)

Co-lead on Agriculture for the National Governors' Association (1999)

Chairman of the National Governors' Association Economic Development Committee (1999)

Co-founder and Co-chair of the Governors' Biotechnology Partnership (2000)

Chairman of the Republican Governors' Association (2000)

President of Extend America (2000)

Initiated: Bismarck Chapter (North Dakota) - 1961

DeMolay Legion of Honor - 1993

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