Tony Windham has been appointed Associate Vice President for Agriculture and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Arkansas.

Since June 2009, Windham has served as the interim head of the UA Cooperative Extension Service and reported to Milo Shult, University of Arkansas vice president for agriculture.

“Tony is the right person for this job,” Shult said. “With his years of experience within our organization and his long track record of positive leadership, we know Tony will ensure that this arm of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture continues to serve the people of Arkansas.”

“I appreciate the confidence and trust Dr. Shult has extended to me,” Windham said. “I look forward to fostering an environment that encourages innovative and effective education at a time when Arkansans need us the most.”

Windham grew up on a farm near Forest, Miss. He earned a B.S. in ag engineering technology and business in 1981. His M.S. in ag economics was awarded in 1985, and a Ph.D. in ag economics in 1988. All degrees were earned at Mississippi State University.

Windham began his career with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture in February 1988 as an Extension Economist-Management housed in the Little Rock office.

In August 1995, he was named Section Leader — Agricultural Economics. In January 2002, Windham was appointed Section Leader — Agricultural Economics and Community Development. He was named Assistant Director — Community and Economic Development in February 2005. In October 2006, Windham was appointed Assistant Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Community and Economic Development.

Windham and his wife of 21 years, Rose, have two children.