Clifford M. Hardin (1969–1971) - Secretary of Agriculture [cite this] ↑Richard Nixon Home Page Clifford M. Hardin was born October 9, 1915, near Kingston, Indiana. He earned a B.S. (1937), an M.S. (1939), and a Ph. D. (1941) from Purdue University. Hardin taught and conducted research in agricultural economics from 1944 to 1948, prior to becoming assistant director, and then director, of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Michigan State University (1948-1953). Hardin was Michigan State's dean of agriculture (1953-1954), before moving on to become chancellor of the University of Nebraska in 1954. President Richard Nixon appointed Hardin secretary of agriculture in 1969, and Hardin remained in that post until 1971. Richard Nixon Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Richard Nixon Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Ken Hughes Mr. Hughes coordinates the team of scholars reviewing and transcribing President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes, as part of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!