Dr. Susan Pheasant


Dr. Susan Pheasant

Director - Agricultural Business & Technology Institute

Favorite Quote

I cannot live without books.  - Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns.  -  John Maurice Clarke

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Dr. Susan Pheasant is the Director of the Agricultural, Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College.  Programs within the Ag Institute include Ag Business, Ag Industrial Technology, Ag Production, Diesel and Automotive, Food Safety, Welding as well as Horticultural Technician and Sustainable Agriculture.  

Dr. Pheasant serves on both the Calibration and Technical committes for the US based Produce Harmonized GAPs effort, is an active member of GLOBALG.A.P.'s USA National Technical Working Group, and is vice chair for GLOBALG.a.P.'s stakeholder committee for group certification.  She is a charter member of the newly established Salinas Santa Lucia chapter of Rotary International.

In addition to her on-going role as an entrpreneur and third party food safety auditor, Dr. Pheasant played an instrumental role with the Washington State tree fruit industry to coordinate GRAS2P, a grower-based effort for audit readiness, food safety operating procedures, and continued use of good agricultural practices.  Previously, Dr. Pheasant served as Executive Director for the International Fruit Tree Association where she worked with local growers, consultants, extension personnel, and affiliated businesses to plan annual conferences, national and international orchard tours, and intensive workshops.  She has served as project manager/lead grant writer for numerous UDA Risk Management agency and specialty Crop Block Grants in which she consulted with project staff and growers to facilitte field implementation work, develop measurement tools, analyze results, initiate training and education programs, and provide overall evaluation methodologies specific to a given project.  She has taught agricultural business classes at both the university and community collegel levels.

Her education encompasses undergraduate degrees from Washington State Uniersity (agricultural economics, business administration) as well as an MBA-Agricultural Specialiation from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and an interdisciplanry Ph.D. incorporating Agricultural Economics, Marketing, Education, and Rural Sociology from Washington State University.  Dr. Pheasant is a fourth generation member of the Washington tree fruit industry, loves the opportunity to be a "world nomad produce bum," and is excited about her recent move from the Apple Capital of the World to the Salad Bowl of the World.


Favorite hobbies

Kayaking.  Biking.  Hiking.  Cooking.  Reading.  Music.  Working with tools.  Travel: current quest is to visit all of our country's national parks.