Spark, MD | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1994
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 Na val
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
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 Deputy Governor 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
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