I am pleased to announce that I have selected Tim Cross to lead the statewide University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. I will recommend his election by the Board of Trustees during its meeting Thursday in Nashville.
Tim has served as interim chancellor since September. His 23-year career at the institute includes serving as dean of UT Extension from 2008 to 2016 and assistant dean from 2001 to 2006. He also served as professor of agricultural economics for three years and associate professor for four years before that. He is a respected leader among our University community and across the state and will do an outstanding job as chancellor. Please join me in thanking Tim for his service and congratulating him on this new opportunity.
I’m grateful to UT Institute for Public Service Vice President Herb Byrd for serving as chair of the search committee along with the trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and students who assisted in the search process.
Before coming to UT in 1994, Tim spent 11 years at Oregon State University as assistant professor of agricultural and resources economics and as an instructor. He also served as an instructor in the department of agriculture at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University and a doctoral degree in agricultural and resources economics from Oregon State University.
Also during Thursday’s Board meeting, I will recommend the appointment of Beverly Davenport as chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. An agenda for the meeting is available online. A link to a live webcast will be added soon.
All the best,