Dr. Douglas L. Steele was approved as director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on November 2, 2012. He was named as sole finalist for the position on August 3, 2012.
Prior to his current appointment he was vice president for external relations and director of Extension for Montana State University. Steele has previously held Extension positions at Colorado State University, where he had been assistant director and state 4-H program leader, and at Purdue University, where he served as an Extension specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. From 1981 to 1992 he held various Extension positions within The Texas A&M University System, including Extension agent, county director, and Extension specialist.
Awards of distinction Dr. Steele has received include the Visionary Leadership Award, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Montana State University Extension; the F. A. Anderson Distinguished Service Award, Colorado State University; and the Superior Service Award, United States Department of Agriculture.
He is a past chair of the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, which works on vital issues of federal funding and national system initiatives. Dr. Steele holds a doctoral degree in educational human resource development from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Lori, have four grown children and enjoy spending their free time traveling, hiking, camping, and enjoying other outdoor activities.