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Ag Ed Alumna Takes Delaware Valley Post

Judith L. Schwank (photo courtesy of Delaware Valley College)Judith L. Schwank’s career in agricultural education reached a new height this year when she became dean of agriculture and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley College, a private school in Doylestown, Pa., specializing in life sciences.

Schwank earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture education from Penn State and worked for 19 years as the director of Penn State Cooperative Extension in Berks County and then as president of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to wise land-use policy. She served as an elected Berks County commissioner from 2000 to 2007.

“This is an ideal opportunity for me,” says Schwank. “It’s a chance to get back to my roots in agriculture and education. Because of DelVal’s unique experiential learning environment and geographical location, I would like to focus on programming related to urban agriculture and the environmental issues associated with farming on the rural/urban interface,” she says.