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Bob Scott has been named director of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service, effective July 1.
He will succeed Rick Cartwright, who retires June 30.
Scott, who grew up on a family farm in Binger, Oklahoma, joined the Division of Agriculture as an extension weed scientist in 2002. During his tenure, he maintained a partial appointment within the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the division’s land grant research arm.
In 2013, Scott picked up an administrative role as director of both the Newport and Lonoke Extension Centers, a position he held until March 2018.
In April 2018, he was appointed director of the Rice Research and Extension Center, where he oversaw rice breeding and facility modernization on a 1,000-acre facility near Stuttgart.
Scott holds a Ph.D. in weed science from Mississippi State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy and master’s degree in weed science from Oklahoma State University.
He will lead a statewide workforce through various stages of returning to the office as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. In addition, the extension service, as with all the entities within the UA System, is replacing its fundamental financial and human resources processes, creating unity between the division’s research and extension arms.
“I am coming into this position with the objective of seeing the Cooperative Extension Service grow and advance,” Scott said in a news release. “We need to keep pace with a rapidly changing society, advances in technology and lead by example in social issues which also divide some parts of our society today. I look forward to these challenges and see only opportunities for us as we go forward.”