Faculty

Dan Swearengen

Title: Chairman, Division of Technical and Applied Sciences and General Farm Manager and Associate Professor of Agriculture
Educational Background: B.S. Agriculture Education -  Illinois State University
M.S. Agriculture Industries – Economics Emphasis from University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Main Teaching Areas: Agribusiness
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Overall Agriculture Operations Manager
Year you started at C of O: 1977
What is your favorite part of your job?: I love this College’s mission, character and work program. The beautiful location and friendly people are also a blessing. The combination of teaching in the classroom and in the ag work stations is the perfect educational formula. I believe God led me here and I’m so glad I can be a part of something that seems to get continually better all the time. I also believe this agriculture program is perhaps one of the best in the country.

Adam Kimrey

Title: Meat Processing Plant Manager
Educational Background: B.S. Agriculture Business, Minor in Accounting, College of the Ozarks
Main Teaching Areas: Teaching areas are related to meats and Processing Plant operations
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Meat Processing Plant Manager
Year you started at C of O: September 2008
What is your favorite part of your job?: I love working at College of the Ozarks because of the interaction with the students.  This is a great establishment to work for because the faculty and staff are great people and fun to be around.  It is a blast to come to work every day.  The students are really what make this place so fun, they are willing to learn new things and are hard working.  What brings me the most joy is knowing that students can come to me for anything and I will do my very best to help out in any way possible no matter what it may involve.

Donn Russell

Title: Professor of Agriculture
Educational Background: B.S.; M.S; PhD Agriculture Education (Iowa State University)
Main Teaching Areas: Agriculture Education, Agriculture Business, Technology, Equine Science
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Technology Building Supervisor
Year you started at C of O: 2000
Why do you like working at C of O?: I enjoy watching students mature spiritually and intellectually. The professors at College of the Ozarks are privileged to teach fine young men and women who are seeking God’s will for their lives.

Mark Sanders

Title: Associate Professor of Agriculture/Hog Farm Manager
Educational Background: Associate of Science Degree-Agribusiness-North Arkansas College
B.S. Agriculture Education-University of Arkansas
M.S General Agriculture-University of Arkansas
Post graduate studies (30 hours) - University of Arkansas
Main Teaching Areas: Animal Science/Agribusiness/Technology
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Manager of the college hog farm
Year you started at C of O: 2009
Why do you like working at C of O?: I am blessed to be able to work with both livestock and students in this unique college setting. It’s great to work for a college that strives to instill upon its students the importance of God, country and hard work as the foundation for a successful life.

Josh Franks

Title: Instructor of Agriculture & Feed Mill Manager
Educational Background: B.S. Agriculture Business – College of the Ozarks
Main Teaching Areas:  Agribusiness
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Feed Mill Manager
Year you started at C of O: 2000
Why do you like working at C of O?: I enjoy College of the Ozarks because of the great environment, the mission of the college, and the “down home” feel.  Not many places of employment have a Christian atmosphere that you can’t help but be a part of. 

Tammy Holder

Title: Assistant Professor of Agriculture & Assistant Dairy Farm Manager
Educational Background: B.S.  Agriculture Business and Biology – College of the Ozarks
M.S.  Agronomy – Emphasis in Forage Physiology - University of Arkansas
Main Teaching Areas: Agronomy
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Assistant Dairy Farm Manager
Year you started at C of O: 2010
Why did you come to work for this college?: Jeff and I enjoyed our time here at College of the Ozarks as students.  My teaching appointment as agronomy instructor at Crowder College enabled us to stay in touch with the agriculture faculty at C of O.  I always considered being an agronomy instructor here as my “dream job”.   I enjoy helping students and teaching.  I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to do what I love to do here at C of O.

David Prigel

Title: Assitant Professor of Agriculture & Dairy Manager
Educational Background: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Univeristy of Missouri, Columbia
Main Teaching Areas: Animal and Dairy Science
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Dairy Farm Manager and Milk Processing Manager
Year you started at C of O: 2013
What is your favorite part of your job?: Working with and being able to associate with students year round and to be involved in teaching students in and out of the classroom. The Holstein cow has always been my favorite animal, so it is a pleasure to not only work with the Holsteins, but the Jersey and Guernsey breeds as well.

Bryan Cizek

Title: Instructor of Agriculture & Assistant Dairy Manager
Educational Background: B.S. Animal Science/Agribusiness - College of the Ozarks
M.N.A.S. Animal Science - Missouri State University
Main Teaching Areas: Animal Science / Patriotic Education
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Assistant Dairy Farm Manager
Year you started at C of O: 2012
What is your favorite part of your job? God calls us to be servant leaders, and what better way to accomplish this than by teaching. Saying this, I love serving the students here at College of the Ozarks. We have some of the best students in the world and it is a pleasure to come to work every day and be surrounded by young people that strive for academic excellence, hard work, patriotism, Godliness, and diversity.

Eric Bright

Title: Farmers Market Supervisor
Educational Background: B.S. Vocational Agriculture - Colorado State University
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Supervise the Farmers Market, Team Leader in the Gardens, Milk Processing Assistant
Year you started at C of O: 2013
What is your favorite part of your job?: I have really enjoyed working with a great staff and a super bunch of hard working students. The public I have met throught the farmers market have been so supportive and positive. I am blessed to be a part of this college and hope that I can make a difference in the next generation of food producers.


 


 


 



 



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