Dr. Edward G. Smith has held the position of Director for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service since May 2005. His leadership ensures that Extension fulfills its mission of improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education.
Before accepting this appointment, Dr. Smith served as Interim Director for 10 months. Prior to this, Dr. Smith had served since October 2001 as Extension’s Associate Director for Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. In that position he was responsible for statewide coordination of Extension programs pertaining to the food and fiber sector and the environment.
Prior to his administrative positions, Dr. Smith was an Extension Economist – Marketing and Policy and Distinguished Roy B. Davis Professor of Agricultural Cooperation in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University.
He began his Extension career in January 1975, serving as a County Extension Agent in Gaines and Terry Counties before moving to the position of Extension Economist – Grain Marketing and Policy in 1982.
Dr. Smith received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, all in agricultural economics. He is the author of numerous publications and has received many honors from industry, academia, and agricultural agencies.