Swinton named president of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

Scott Swinton, former associate chairperson in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at MSU, has been elected president-elect of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. His term begins Aug. 1.

August 1, 2016

Scott Swinton

Scott Swinton, a professor and former associate chairperson in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University (MSU), has been elected president-elect of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). His term begins Aug. 1.

 

“I have great professional satisfaction from my involvement with AAEA over the years,” Swinton said. “The association is on a very good trajectory and I’m looking forward to seeing how we can advance it.”

 

Swinton says he plans to build on recent initiatives to strengthen communication, government relations, and mentorship. These activities are part of the AAEA strategic plan developed while he was a member of the Executive Board of Directors from 2012-2015.

 

Swinton received Michigan State’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2015, in part, for his work in mentoring students. Swinton says that is something he views as very important for AAEA.

 

“There are a lot of opportunities for early-career leadership and that really makes it a great organization for young people interested in this field.”

 

Swinton will assume his new role after the 2016 AAEA Annual Meeting, slated for July 31- Aug. 2 in Boston.

 

AAEA is the leading professional association of agricultural and applied economists, with 2,400 members in more than 20 countries. AAEA publishes the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economics and Policy Perspectives. To learn more please visit www.aaea.org.

 

Swinton is the fourth MSU professor to serve as president of AAEA. Previous AAEA presidents from MSU are: James Bonnen (1975-76), Lester Manderscheid (1988-89), and Sandra Batie (1989-90, while at Virginia Tech).

 

In addition to Swinton, several other members of the MSU Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics will assume leadership roles:

  • Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, AFRE assistant professor: chair-elect, AAEA Africa Section
  • Nicole Mason, AFRE assistant professor:  secretary-treasurer, AAEA Africa Section
  • Songqing Jin, AFRE associate professor: chair, AAEA China Section
  • Titus Awokuse, AFRE chair: chair-elect, AAEA National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators (NAAEA) Section; member, C-FARE, AAEA’s Priorities and Solutions Steering Committee
  • Melinda Smale, AFRE professor: chair-elect, AAEA’s International Section 

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