Dr. Roozeboom earned his Bachelor of Arts in Agriculture and Agri-Business from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa in 1985. He earned his Master of Science degree in Agronomy in 1990 from Iowa State University. It was not until much later that Dr. Roozeboom received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Kansas State University, in 2006.
While working on his M.S. degree, Dr. Roozeboom spent five years as a research associate working in forages at Iowa State University. After receiving his M.S., he came to Manhattan and held a position for 16 years as the coordinator of the Kansas Crop Performance Tests. Working as the program coordinator was a great way to learn about Kansas crop production and cropping systems, he said.
Since 2006 Dr. Roozeboom has been the Agronomy Extension Specialist in Crop Production and Cropping Systems.
“I was attracted to Extension and applied research because it provides the potential to have a direct impact on crop production and cropping systems in Kansas,” said Dr. Roozeboom.
Throughout his professional career Dr. Roozeboom has learned the value of continually obtaining knowledge in order to be successful. He advises young professionals to get exposed to as many crops and production systems as possible and don’t be focused too narrowly on one region or crop.
Aside from his dedication in Extension to be a steward of the land, Dr. Roozeboom enjoys spending time with his family. He also takes interest in hunting, and woodworking, and is active in church activities. On campus he has served a term in the faculty senate where he learned to appreciate the importance of shared governance in the university setting.