AJ Swope named executive director of Class 4 Winds

Former KVII News Anchor AJ Swope has joined Class 4 Winds, Inc. as the first executive director for the wind-energy advocacy group that was formed last year.

Class 4 Winds is a non-profit organization housed on the campus of West Texas A&M University. The group is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and information to promote the region’s vast wind-energy resources. As executive director, Swope will work to promote the Class 4 region to the industry, providing educational opportunities to those interested in wind energy and offering help in getting regional resources together to make wind development a smoother process.

Class 4 Winds Board President James Wester said the organization realized it needed a paid director to advocate for this growing industry on a full time basis, and Swope’s connections across the area and his communications skills make him the perfect director to lead this effort.

Swope is a graduate of Pampa High School in his hometown of Pampa, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication from West Texas A&M University, with an emphasis on broadcasting.

He joined the news team at KVII-Channel 7, the ABC affiliate in Amarillo, in 2007. During his time in television, AJ was anchor, reporter, producer, photographer and eventually assistant news director where he managed the newsroom.

Class 4 Winds was formed in 2008 through a collaboration of area businesses and nonprofits, including Xcel Energy, Underwood Law Firm, West Texas A&M University and the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission. For further information about this organization, or to become a member, please visit Class4Winds.org.