Distinguished AgEcon Alumni
Gene L. Swackhamer
B.S., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 1960
M.S., Agricultural Economics, Cornell University, 1964
Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 1966
Dr. Swackhamer is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Farm Credit Bank of Baltimore, a position he has held since 1977. The Farm Credit Bank extends credit and financial services to 45,000 customers through its 16 affiliated associations and 100 offices in the five Mid-Atlantic states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It is owned by the farmers and rural home owners and businesses it serves.
Dr. Swackhamer grew up on a farm in Clinton County. After graduation from Purdue, he was commissioned in the Naval Reserve, where he served two years of active duty. Following his military service and pursuit of his masters and doctoral degrees, he became a research officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
In 1970, Dr. Swackhamer was named Director of Economic Research and Finance at the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) in Washington, D.C. The FCA had administrative and research responsibilities for the national network of agricultural credit
cooperatives. He served as Director of Research from 1970 to 1975 and as DeputyGovernor of Finance from 1975 to 1977. Dr. Swackhamer has been noted throughout his professional career for his research in farm finance and his skillful administration. He served on the President's Planning Committee and has been a member of the Agricultural Committee of the National Planning Association.
Dr. Swackhamer is a strong proponent of education, having served on the advisory boards of the School of Agriculture at the University of Maryland and the School of Business at Towson State University. He is a former vice president of the Educational Foundation of the American Agricultural Economics Association and is presently a member of the World Presidents Organization. Dr. Swackhamer is also serving as treasurer of the National 4-H Council and president of the Alpha Gamma Rho Educational Foundation.