Interim extension leader @ UMES appointed

  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Enrique Escobar, UME @ UMESPRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Aug. 5, 2014) - Dr.  Enrique N. Escobar has been appointed interim associate administrator for the University of Maryland Extension (UME) programs based at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

    "It is both humbling and a privilege to serve the citizens of the state of Maryland in a leadership capacity along with my colleagues within the University of Maryland Extension. UMES, an 1890 land-grant university, is committed to providing solutions and equal opportunities for all citizens," Escobar said.

    A native of El Salvador, Dr. Escobar arrived at UMES in 2009. Since then he has served as assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences and small ruminant Extension specialist. He will assume administrative duties within the UME programs at UMES previously handled by Dr. Henry Brooks, who recently retired.

    Prior to coming to the University, he was the leader of the Extension Goat Program and Small Farm Program at Langston (Okla.) University. He was also the executive director of the USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms, a consultant to the USDA Marketing Assistance Program in Armenia, and a research scientist at the International Dairy Goat Research Center at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. 

    Escobar holds Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in animal nutrition and management and animal science, respectively, from the University of Maryland College Park after earing a Bachelor of Science degree in livestock production at the Universidad de El Salvador.

    Outreach programs offered through UME - while celebrating its centennial throughout 2014 - include those relating to agriculture, livestock, home gardening, aquaculture, woodland stewardship, environmental conservation, food preservation, health, nutrition and personal finances. The UME network is administered jointly by the state's 1890 (UMES) and 1862 (University of Maryland College Park) land-grant universities.

    From that partnership, 23 county offices and a Baltimore City office are established along with four research and education centers from the northernmost to the southernmost parts of the state.