Secor is a native of Bozeman, MT and has a BS and MS degree from Montana State University, and a PhD from the University of California at Davis. He began his potato career in Montana as director of the of the first potato virus testing lab in the US, and has worked with numerous other potato diseases during his 43 year career at NDSU, concentrating on disease discovery, diagnosis, management and grower education. He works closely with the potato breeding program at NDSU and has been interim potato breeder. In addition, Secor also works with sugar beet diseases, including fungicide resistance management. He teaches classes, has graduate students and enjoys international travel and work. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Chilean potato industry, and considers Chile his second home.