Roland D. Smith has been named Texas Cooperative Extension’s associate director for agriculture, natural resources and community economic development.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents announced the appointment during its regular meeting here last week. Smith had been the interim associate director for about a year.

"With his background in agricultural economics and a long tenure with Extension, Dr. Smith is a natural for the position," said Elsa Murano, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences.

Ed Smith, Extension director, agreed.

"Roland is well-qualified for the role," Ed Smith said. "His expertise in economics enables him to help lead the agency’s efforts in agriculture, natural resources and community development."

Roland Smith has been with Extension since November 1972 when he became a grain marketing specialist. He also served as associate coordinator for the Texas Agricultural Market Research and Development Center and agriculture economics associate department head from 1990-2004.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science from Texas A&M in 1966. His master’s degree and doctorate, both in agricultural economics, are from Oklahoma State University in 1968 and Purdue University in 1978, respectively.