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Chad McKay

Agriculture Program and Farm Financial Director and Assistant Professor,

Chad McKay is an Assistant Professor of Agriculture. Chad currently serves as the Agriculture Program and Farm Financial Director. His primary area of teaching is Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, and Agricultural Finance. Chad serves the college as a member of the Tenure Promotion and Review committee as well as an Area Coordinator. He is on the North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Board of Peer Reviewers and is a Two-Cylinder Club Ambassador for the state of Ohio. Prior to Wilmington College, Chad was a Teaching Assistant in the department of Agricultural Business Economics at Southern Illinois University from 2013-2014. He holds a Doctorate degree from Xavier University, a Master of Science in Agricultural Business Economics from Southern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Agricultural Business from Wilmington College. In his spare time, Chad enjoys collecting and restoring antique farm machinery, golfing, and traveling. Chad resides in Wilmington with his wife Amanda and their two Scottish Terriers.



Doctorate, Xavier University

Dissertation: Factors Contributing to Students’ Degree Attainment in Agricultural Education in a 4-Year University Through the Lens of Social Cognitive Career Theory

Master of Science, Southern Illinois University
Agricultural Business Economics

Research: A Regional Economics Analysis of Clinton County, Ohio

Bachelor of Science, Wilmington College
Agriculture – Concentration Agricultural Business



Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Fall 2015 – Present Wilmington College
Courses taught: Computer Applications in Agriculture, Sustainable Regional Development, Agricultural Issues, Agricultural Economics, Operations Management, Commodity Marketing, Sustainable Agricultural Leadership, Financial Management in Agriculture, and Agricultural Policy, Agricultural Production Management, Research Participation, and Seminar in Agriculture.

Delta Tau Alpha Faculty Advisor, 2016 – Present Wilmington College
Advise students in organization on leadership and scholarship

Sigma Alpha Sorority Faculty Advisor, 2017 – Present Wilmington College
Advise sorority on scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2013 – Fall 2014 Southern Illinois University
Courses taught: Financial Management in Agriculture, and Agribusiness Management and Organization



McKay, C. W., & Nash, D. L. (2021). Factors Contributing to Students’ Selection of Agricultural Education as a Major in a 4-Year University. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, 65.

Gigandet, S., McKay, C. W. & Nash, D. L. Assessing Growth Rates of Assisted Unassisted Lamb Births. Poster presented at: Wilmington College Student-Faculty Research Forum; 2021 May 1; Wilmington, OH

Copeland, C., & McKay, C. W. The Effects of pH and Cultivar on Yield and Consumer Preference in Hydroponic Spinach (Spinacia oleracea). Poster presented at: Wilmington College Student-Faculty Research Forum; 2021 May 1; Wilmington, OH

 McKay, C., Nash, D., & Pope, S. (2020, June 16-18). Factors Influencing Students’ Decisions to Select Agricultural Education as a Major. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference, Las Cruces, NM (Conference canceled due to Covid-19)



  • North American College and Teachers of Agriculture
  • Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professional Program
  • Clinton County Hometown Holidazzle
  • Clinton County Antique Power Club
  • Two-Cylinder Club Ambassador – Ohio



  • Greek Advisor of the Year, 19-20, 17-18
  • Wilmington College Teaching Excellence Award, 2019
  • Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection – Wilmington College representative, 2019
  • Outstanding Agriculture Professor Award – Delta Theta Sigma Lil Sis, 2016