George Smith

George Smith

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Director of AgBioResearch, Senior Associate Dean for Research



In his role as AgBioResearch director, Smith is responsible for strategic direction and administrative oversight for the organization, whose university-wide research mission is linked directly to promoting dynamic solutions for food systems and the environment in Michigan and beyond. AgBioResearch directly supports approximately 300 scientists from seven MSU colleges engaged in research, 15 outlying centers throughout Michigan reflective of the diversity of its research portfolio in agriculture and natural resources, as well as numerous on-campus facilities and key research infrastructure.

Smith obtained his doctoral and master’s degrees in animal science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the area of reproductive physiology, and his bachelor of science in animal science from the University of Idaho. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1997. His research efforts at MSU focused primarily on dairy cattle reproduction. During his career, Smith published 143 journal articles and 17 book chapters, and his research was continuously funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the National Institutes of Health from 1998 until his transition to full-time research administration efforts in 2020.