"(M. Scott Smith's)
vision, ideas and understanding of Kentucky bode well for the future in building upon the
college's achievements while developing new directions aligned with emerging opportunities
-- Lexington campus
21, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) M. Scott Smith will
be the new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture on Jan. 1, 2001,
pending Board of Trustees approval, Chancellor Elisabeth Zinser announced today.
a competitive national search that yielded a large pool and four outstanding finalists,
Smith succeeds C. Oran Little, who is retiring as dean of the college after serving UK for
27 years, the last 13 as agriculture dean.
Smith is a talented academic leader, Zinser said. He possesses knowledge of
and commitment to a wide range of goals for agriculture and the further development of our
economy and communities. His vision, ideas and understanding of Kentucky bode well for the
future in building upon the colleges achievements while developing new directions
aligned with emerging opportunities and challenges.
addition to being the chief administrative officer of the college, Smith will direct the
Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service,
both statewide entities with links to national networks.
been with UK since 1978, the year he received his doctorate from Michigan State
University. He currently is associate dean for research, associate director of the
Agriculture Experiment Station, and professor of agronomy.
started his career as professor of soil microbiology. His research on nitrogen fertilizer
in soil and water has had agricultural and environmental significance. In 1989 he became
chairman of the Department of Agronomy, a large and diverse area.
UK College of Agriculture has a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and
cooperative extension, Smith said. Now we must build upon that strength while
responding to the pressing needs of farm families and communities throughout
Kentucky. This decade will bring daunting
challenges as well as great opportunities in agriculture and natural resources. We will
fully commit our energy and abilities to addressing these issues."
Board of Trustees is expected to approve Smiths appointment at its Dec. 12 meeting.