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WSU Ag Education Leader Michael Swan to Retire

PULLMAN, Wash. – After 15 years of helping to educate agriculture education teachers throughout the state and beyond, Washington State University Professor Michael K. Swan is retiring at the end of the year.

“I want to thank Dr. Swan for his years of service to WSU and his dedication to students in the program,” said Dan Bernardo, WSU vice president for agriculture and extension and dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. “The program has undergone many changes in the past 15 years and is well positioned for continued success in the future. WSU CAHNRS is absolutely committed to the Agricultural Education program and continuing to support career and technical education professionals in the state.”

Bernardo said the search for Swan’s successor is already underway. In the meantime, J.D. Baser, a 1994 graduate of the program who joined CAHNRS in 2011, will staff the program. Baser has extensive experience in career and technical education programs and already teaches many of the fundamental courses that support the ag education program.

Swan joined WSU in 1997 as an assistant professor of agricultural technology and education. He earned his bachelor’s degree from WSU in 1974 and then went on to earn a master’s and Ph.D. in agricultural education and vocational education in 1984 and 1990, respectively.