Keith L. Smith, director of Ohio State University Extension since 1992, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015, 2015.
Smith, who also serves as Ohio State University's associate vice president for agricultural administration, associate dean of CFAES, and Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership, made the announcement April 3. OSU Extension is the college's outreach arm.
"Keith Smith has been a tireless advocate for the university's Extension initiatives for more than two decades," said Ohio State Interim President Joseph A. Alutto. "The university and the citizens of Ohio will continue to benefit from his leadership in both program and policy development for years to come."
Smith came to Ohio State in 1980, working in personnel development for OSU Extension, and later served as associate director of Extension. He also worked in Extension at Iowa State University and as a vocational agriculture teacher and Extension agent in Utah.
"During his 20-plus years as director of Extension, Keith has led the organization through significant growth and continues to be a steady guide as the organization adjusts to rapid, societal changes," said CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron. "My congratulations to Keith on a career that has had great impact on the citizens of the state of Ohio and on Extension across the country."