Leadership skills valuable part of CASNR education

Leadership skills valuable part of CASNR education

Ty Schurr and Dustin Olson in field during harvest
Ty Schurr (left) enjoys talking with Dustin Olson during a harvest visit. Schurr is an agriculture and commercial loan officer at Gothenburg State Bank.

Leadership is important to Ty Schurr. Not for the sake of being called a leader but because it is a way to accomplish worthwhile goals and to give back to his alma mater and his community.

"I like the teamwork aspect of being a leader. I like working with people," he said.

Schurr grew up on a farm and ranch near Farnam. The development of his leadership skills began in high school through sports and FFA. They really blossomed during his undergraduate education in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. A 2013 graduate in agribusiness with an agricultural banking and finance option, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and Mortar Board. Schurr was president of the CASNR Advisory Board and the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Club. He also was an Ag Econ ambassador and the university's 2012 homecoming king.

An agriculture and commercial loan officer at Gothenburg State Bank, Schurr continues to use his leadership skills professionally and in a variety of organizations. He is president of the CASNR Alumni Board and a Teammates mentor. President of the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce, Schurr is on the town's Planning and Zoning Committee. He also is part of the 2018 Dawson County Adult Leadership Team.

Schurr takes pride in working for a 100 percent family-owned bank in a rural area where he knows many of the bank's farm and ranch families and can help provide the financial assistance they need.

"I like getting out and about and talking with them and feeling that I'm part of their success," Schurr said.

Studies in the Department of Agricultural Economics created a strong foundation for his career. Equally valuable was the networking in the ag industry.

"Between the dedicated faculty and staff and the welcoming and rural culture of East Campus, my college experience in CASNR was second to none," Schurr said. "I won't ever regret the time I spent being part of numerous campus organizations. The lifelong connections that I built are priceless."

In his free time, Schurr enjoys attending Husker athletic events, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.