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College of Agriculture

Reed Pritchard

Carrying on his family’s tradition of agriculture, Reed Pritchard was born into this lifestyle. He is a senior from Flournoy, Californiamajoring in agriculture education. Growing up, Pritchard was surrounded by all aspects of agricultureespecially the cattle industry. He transferred to Chico State from Shasta College where he was heavily involved in the Agriculture Leadership club.

Reed Pritchard

His love for agriculture found a new outlet while working as a youth director for the Tehama County 4-H camp, where his passion for education was sparked. Pritchard got to see what it would be like working with people of all ages. During this camp, he was able to develop his leadership characteristics and his love for the youth. This provided him insight on what fair, equitable opportunities were for people of all ages.  

There have been two major influences in Prichard’s life when attending Chico State. The first was Professor Annie. S Adamian in the School of Education. 

Annie Adamian influenced my passion for providing access and equity for students in a classroom. She taught me how to develop classroom climate and cultures to allow all students to feel welcomed to participate in. I will never forget her as a mentor, said Pritchard.   

His second major influence was Professor Alyssa Schager in the College of Agriculture. 

“Alyssa Schager has helped me develop theories and philosophies about agriculture education that will play a role in the rest of my life. I credit these two individuals for being the most influential people in my life, said Pritchard.   

Pritchard has developed an interest in student psychology and classroom climates. He wants to acquire skills on how to create opportunities for students of all backgrounds and identities.  

“I want to learn how we can best develop a social climate so students can be their most authentic self. A goal of mine is to eventually receive my PhD to teach at the university level, said Pritchard.  

Pritchard’s background is very diverse ranging from animal science to agriculture mechanics. He currently is working at the beef unit at the University.  

“My favorite part about the cattle industry is the range science aspect. I grew up in this area in the north state where my dad and I run our cattle. There is something very unique and cultural about range sciences.” Pritchard said, “My dad always taught me to give respect to the native cultures that lived on the land before. There is also the ecological side of raising cattle and how they can help diversity develop in these local ecosystems and help with the control of wildfires.”   

Pritchard poses some valuable advice for current and incoming students.  

He said, “Try everything, meet everyone, shake everyone’s hand, and smile at everyone. Do not waste your time here, you only have four years to be in college. You have your whole life to work. Just indulge in these next four years.”   

Pritchard is also a part of the Young Cattlemen’s Association club and Rangeland Management club. His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, and swimming.  

I am extremely grateful for every single person that has impacted my experiences here at Chico State. I want to thank all of my professors, friends, and co-workers that supported me on this journey, said Pritchard.