Justin Swanson

Justin Swanson '06, '07

NDSU Foundation Team Member since 2018

Justin is a North Dakotan born and raised as he grew up in a rural farming community in Benson County. He’s a lifelong learner with a passion for education and received his bachelors and master’s degrees from NDSU. He credits NDSU and his education here for many of his personal relationships and professional opportunities.

Justin spent more than a decade working in college athletics administration at the University of Maine, South Dakota State, and NDSU, and says he was honored to join the team at the NDSU Foundation in April 2018. After first serving as a director of development in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, he transitioned into gift planning before taking on his current role of managing director of development.

“Higher education, to me, is one of the quickest ways to create inclusion and foster diversity in our city and state, something that should be important to all of us. The return on investment society receives from philanthropy to higher education is second to none and pays off almost immediately.”

Justin, his wife, Mandi, and their daughter are proud to call Fargo their home.