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April 9, 2014
Four distinguished alumni of CSU's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics were inducted into the department's Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in March at CSU's Drake Center.
This is the second group inducted into the Hall of Fame, and this year’s ceremony was attended by 150 friends, family, colleagues of the inductees as well as faculty and staff from across the College of Agricultural Sciences.
“We are delighted to be able to recognize this group of outstanding alumni from our department,” said Gregory Perry, head of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “This is our second class inducted into our Hall of Fame, and this group further demonstrates the impact of the education that we provide and the influence that our graduates have when they leave our campus.”
Jerold L. Harris grew up on a ranch near Denby, South Dakota. At the suggestion of his high school FFA advisor, he enrolled at CSU, graduating in 1963 with a degree in Agricultural Business. After graduation, Harris embarked on a distinguished career with the Farm Credit System. In 1984, he became CEO of the newly merged Federal Land Bank and Production Credit Associations in the Ninth District. In 1991, he became CEO of the Farm Credit Bank of Wichita, a position he retained when Western Farm Credit Bank merged with Farm Credit Bank of Wichita in 2001. The merged bank was renamed US AgBank, FCB. He retired in 2007 but continues to serve in an advisory capacity within the Farm Credit System.
Richard Fenwick is a native of Deer Trail, Colorado and received a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business Management from CSU in 1962 and then a master's degree in Agricultural Economics in 1964. After three years as a faculty member at North Dakota State, he completed a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri. He then joined the faculty at Kansas State University as an extension agribusiness management specialist. He left KSU in 1978 for a similar position at North Carolina State, and then in 1980 accepted a position as Vice-President and Corporate Economist at the Central Bank for Cooperatives (now Co-Bank). Fenwick retired from Co-Bank in 1995 and in 1996 became President of McClave State Bank. He retired from that position in 2003.
Melvin D. Skold graduated from Colorado State University in 1958 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. After completing master's degree in 1959, Skold went to Iowa State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1963. In 1964, he became an assistant professor in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University and then moved to CSU in 1967 as an associate professor. In 1970, he joined the Economic Research Service group in Fort Collins, where he remained until 1978. Skold moved back to CSU that year and finished his career as a professor at CSU. He was an agricultural policy expert at the university and also was involved in many international projects. He retired in 1997.
Dale McCall grew up on a farming operation near Yuma, Colo., where he was active in FFA. After graduation, he attended Colorado State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1968 in Agricultural Education. He later received M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State. McCall worked in public education for 38 years, including time as an agricultural education instructor, an instructor at Northeastern Junior College, several state-level positions in vocational education, and a school superintendent. He is active in a host of volunteer organizations, including the Colorado FFA Foundation Board of Directors. He was the catalyst in the construction of a new agricultural education building at CSU.
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is part of CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The department centers its research, teaching and outreach activities on agricultural education, agribusiness management and finance, livestock systems, consumer choice and the economics of water, land and environment.