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. Prior to coming to the University, he was the leader of the Extension Goat Program and Small Farm Program at Langston (Oklahoma) 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 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in livestock production at the Universidad de El Salvador.