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.

Mark Hubbard

Title: Professor of Agriculture
Educational Background: B.S Forestry - North Carolina State University
M.S. Horticulture - Clemson University
Ph.D. Horticulture - Michigan State University
Main Teaching Area: Horticultural Science
Year Started at C of O: 1994
Why do you like working at C of O?: College of the Ozarks is a unique place to study and learn and attracts exceptional young men and women. It is rewarding to participate in the intellectual maturation of those students as they go deeper in their understanding of themselves, of others, and of the world

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.

Josh Franks

Title: Instructor of Agriculture & Feed Mill Manager
Educational Background: B.S. Agriculture Business – College of the Ozarks
M.S. Agribusiness, Natural & Applied Sciences - Missouri State University
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 & Beef Farm and Agronomy 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: Beef Farm Manager, Agronomy 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.

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: Hog 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: Dairy Farm Manager
Educational Background: B.S. Vocational Agriculture - Colorado State University
Main Ag Staff Responsibilities/title: Supervise all aspects of the Dairy and Process Milk
Year you started at C of O: 2013
What is your favorite part of your job?: I believe learning hands-on is an integral part of the study of agriculture. Everyday is a learning experience for our students who work at the dairy and I am privileged to be a part of that experience. Students are able to put what they learn into practice and I enjoy being involved in seeing them gain confidence and ability in the production of food for a growing population.

Ryan Bilyeu

Title: Assistant Interim Dairy Farm Manager

Educational Background: B.S. Agronomy and Agribusiness; minor in Animal Science - College of the Ozarks

Main Ag Staff Resoncibilities/title: Assist the Dairy Farm Manager

Year you started at C of O: 2015

What is the favorite part of your job: I enjoy working in a Christian atmosphere with a great bunch of employees. The hard working students make the job fun by their willingness to learn more about agriculture. Teaching the students is one of my favorite things about working at College of the Ozarks. Being able to work outside with the students caring for the dairy cows makes this a dream job.

 

Lori Simmons:

Title: Farmers Market / Garden Supervisor

Experience: I was raised on a farm, assisting customers at our family-run greenhouse, gift shop, and nursery business. For over seven years I served as managing partner, overseeing daily operations, managing all public relations, and developing a thriving agritainment business.

Main Staff Responsibilities/title: Supervising the Farmers Market, leading the garden teams, and assist with milk processing

Year you started at C of O: 2015

What is the favorite part of your job: I love working alongside students, helping them discover their strengths and weaknesses. It's sheer joy seeing the students' creativity as we develop the Farmers Market, their enthusiasm in creating new ways we can improve and grow the Market, and delighting with them as they own their jobs, taking pride in their work and the fruits of our labor. I feel like this job is what the Lord has been preparing me for my whole life, and I love it.


 


 


 



 



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