Dr. Swanger is the Founding Director of the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living at Washington State University. 

In September 2022, the United Nations recognized her as one of the top 50 leaders in the world whose work is transforming health and wellbeing for aging populations.

She is also an associate professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management and the Associate Dean of Inter-College Partnerships in the Carson College of Business, starting back in 2000. 

Nancy has over 40 years of restaurant experience as a co-worker, manager, district manager, and owner. She and her husband, Larry, owned and operated up to eight Subway restaurants from 1988-2017, and they own an independent pizza concept named Gambino’s and the Varsity Diner in Moscow, Idaho. Her research interests lie in the areas of quick-serve restaurant operations, food safety/sanitation, hospitality curriculum, and senior living management operations.