Brief statements concerning UTIA personnel changes, faculty-staff awards, and other items of interest relating to current UTIA employees.


Dr. Richard W. Clark has accepted the position of Assistant Dean and Department Head 4-H Youth Development/Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication.  Dr. Clark's appointment is effective February 1, 2015.  Dr. Clark received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture, Human Resources Management, and Adult and continuing Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His Doctoral degrees in Research and Statistics, Educational Administration/Personnel and Agricultural Education/Extension Education were earned at the Ohio State University.  Dr. Clark comes to us from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, where he has served as Associate Director of the Agricultural Education Program since 2009.

Kiplynn Fritts (Kippy) Todd has accepted the Assistant Director of Advancement/Alumni Relations position for the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.  She will be part of  the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) Advancement Team with the University of Tennessee Foundation.  She will begin her role on Monday, April 6. 

The Tennessee Epsilon Sigma Phi Omega Chapter presented the 2012 National Distinguished Service Ruby Recognition to Shirley Hastings at the 2014 ESP luncheon during the recent Extension Conference. This is the most prestigious recognition presented by National Epsilon Sigma Phi. The recipient is recognized for outstanding thinking, performance and leadership in Extension. Shirley has made highly significant contributions on the state, national and international Extension scenes in a variety of ways and over a career that spans a lifetime. The Tennessee Omega Chapter is very proud of her. Read about additional ESP awards




UTIA faculty and staff who had completed 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service during 2014 were honored with a reception on Tuesday, December 2.  Read more



Business. His M.S. and Ph.D. in Agronomy were obtained at the University of Arkansas.
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