Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
"The wonderful World of Agriculture"
Dr. Keith L. Smith retired June 30, 2015 after serving as Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration, the Director of Ohio State University Extension, and Associate Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
His responsibilities at OSU Extension included overseeing an 800 member faculty and support staff who design and deliver educational programs to more than 11 million citizens of Ohio, focusing on agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, youth development and community development. He oversaw the entire operation of the Extension organization, including budget development and management, legislative contacts on resources and programs, personnel policy development, and coordination with other agencies.
As Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration, Dr. Smith extended his duties beyond the college as he interacted with the university and community at large as a representative of the Vice President.
In his role as Associate Dean, he was involved with allocation of funds, selection, promotion, and remuneration of Extension personnel, and provided leadership in both program and policy development.
A native of Utah, Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Education from Utah State University, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University in 1980. Dr. Smith began his career as an agriculture science teacher in Brigham City, Utah, followed by two years as a vocational agriculture teacher in Orem, Utah. He then joined the Utah Cooperative Extension Service as a county agent and later moved to Iowa State University as an instructor and Extension associate while working on his Ph.D. He then went to OSU as Extension Leader for Personnel Development and Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education. He later became Associate Director for Extension.
Dr. Smith is now an emeritus professor in the department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership at OSU. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and papers and has served on copious university, college, professional, regional and national committees. Dr. Smith was nominated and received the National Distinguished Service Ruby Award. He also served as chair for the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, and participated as a fellow in the Kellogg Food Systems Leadership Institute – a training ground for future high-profile leaders in the university setting.
Brother Smith has served as a primary teacher, gospel doctrine teacher, Bishop, Stake President, Area Authority Seventy and currently serves in the Ohio Columbus Mission presidency and teaches Institute at The Ohio State.