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Dominic Swayne

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

LTC Nick Swayne retired in December 2006 with over 26 years of service and has worked at James Madison University in a variety of positions since leaving active duty. He currently serves as the Executive Director of 4-Virginia – a formal collaboration of six Virginia universities driven by 4 initiatives. Since its inception, 4-VA has supported advancements in research between institutions, piloted and shared innovative courses, redesigned courses to improve student outcomes, implemented new instructional technologies, hosted workshops, conferences and served as the catalyst for a number of other programs. He is the founding director of the JMU X-Labs and directs a number of experiential courses on diverse topics like Virtual and Augmented Reality, Unmanned Systems, Hacking 4 Defense, and robotics.


LTC Swayne earned a Bachelor’s of Science in political science from the University of Idaho and a Master of Arts in public administration at Northeastern University. He is a doctoral candidate in strategic leadership at James Madison University and was elected to his third four-year term on Harrisonburg City Schools in November 2016.


He lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Nicky. Their daughter Samantha is a material science engineer at Stryker and son Bailey studies Integrated Science at JMU.

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