Kenneth Erik Swanson, PhD, came to the Omak School District from Yakima Public Schools where he was Principal of a Title I elementary school, with high minority and poverty populations. Prior to Yakima, he spent twenty six years abroad teaching and leading schools for the U. S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) in Turkey, Italy, South Korea, Japan, and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. During this same period of time, he held adjunct faculty positions with the University of Maryland and Grand Canyon University teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Before joining DoDEA he served the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada as a middle and high school instrumental music educator. In these positions he has held multiple leadership roles with the school systems and in professional organizations supporting public education. While overseas he served in consulting roles to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and consulting with secondary schools in South Korea.
His related professional experience includes key consulting positions for multiple school campus design, contracting, and construction on foreign and U.S. soil coordinating work with government agencies, architects and engineers, and contractors. He has been actively involved in multiple cross-cultural exchange programs in Europe and Asia working with international corporations including Honda and Nissan on secondary and postsecondary pre-engineering studies and student exchanges.
While in Yakima, Erik was active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations, including local political party organizations, board positions and offices, and continued active musical performances with the Yakima Valley Community Band, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and private professional ensembles. Outside of professional interests, he enjoys domestic and international travel, golf, scuba diving, motorcycle touring, outdoor activities, active performance, and keeping up with family dynamics including children, grandchildren, and pets.