Dr. Michael Swickard was born at Holloman AFB in 1950. His grandmother came to New Mexico from upstate New York in 1908 to teach in rural schools of New Mexico. His grandfather, Horace Swickard came to New Mexico with the Montana National Guard and was part of the troops who pursued Pancho Villa in 1916. Michael’s father was in the Air Force and he lived in many places including Japan, Florida, California and Colorado but returned to Alamogordo where Michael graduated in 1968. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a specialty in Distance Learning from New Mexico State University in 1998.
Michael Swickard, right with Jim Spence left
Swickard has extensive radio experience having hosted the award-winning Morning Show with Michael Swickard on KSNM for five years and was awarded Talk Show Of The Year by the New Mexico Broadcaster’s Association in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Michael professionally works in association with McComas and Associates, a company specializing in educational consulting on literacy and numeracy issues in public schools. Jim Spence was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1956. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor's Degree at New Mexico State University in 1980. He founded the investment firm Spence Asset Management Inc. in 1992. Jim taught investment classes at NMSU in the spring of 2015. He was married to his wife Kristi in 1978. The Spences have two children, Renee and David.