Douglas Steele, PhD

Dr. Douglas Steele is Vice President for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

Dr. Douglas Steele assumed his current position on January 2, 2019. Prior to that he was director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Steele has previously held Extension and administrative positions at Colorado State University, Purdue University and Montana State University. Doug has been active on several national Extension and research committees providing leadership to issues of policy and program initiatives and budgets. He has received several distinguished awards, including the ESP Visionary Leadership Award, the F. A. Anderson Distinguished Service Award and the USDA Superior Service Award. Doug and his wife Lori reside in Bowie Maryland and have four grown children and one grandson.

He believes in the power of the Land-Grant University to provide access and affordability to higher education, increase the profitability of agricultural enterprises and transform families, youth and communities.