McSwain graduates with PhD in forestry from SFA

Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health, graduated with her Ph.D. in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University on Aug.11, according to an announcement by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

As part of her doctorate program, McSwain conducted a research study involving senior adult nutrition and the role a community garden could play in supplementing food assistance programs at the county level through Extension oversight and volunteerism.

In addition to Dr. McSwain’s Ph.D., she holds a M.S. in horticulture from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Education from Baylor University and a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University.

Dr. McSwain is married to Jimmy McSwain from Center, Texas and she is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jerry O’Donnell from Copperas Cove, Texas.

McSwain is the mother of Rhyan Aljoe of Washington D.C., Ashlyn Aljoe of Lubbock; and is the step-mother of Hunter McSwain of Center. Her in-laws are Norman and Joyce Hurt of Center and the late Kenneth McSwain.