UT Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty and Staff Awards for 2020
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized extraordinary service from members of the faculty and staff across the state at its annual awards and promotions event, held this year on August 21, 2020. Honorees were recognized virtually during a Zoom presentation rather than a fun, in-person luncheon. This change in venue did not minimize the amazing accomplishments for 2020. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.
Kimberly Campbell, business manager for the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, is the winner of a brand-new honor, the AgResearch Dean’s Award for Outstanding Professional Staff. This award recognizes demonstrated critical thinking, cooperativeness and team building.
“I have always admired those who receive these awards,” Campbell says. “To now be among them is fulfilling and humbling. I’m always happy to help across departments and campuses. I look forward to being around many more years. Thank you to the faculty who nominated me for this award.”
Campbell has served as business manager in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology for a decade and provides guidance on money matters, policy and human resources. Campbell previously served the Institute as a financial specialist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Finance. Campbell earned her MBA from UT in 2015.
UT Institute of Agriculture Senior Vice President Tim Cross hosted the Zoom session for the award winners and praised them for their work. “Now more than ever, it’s critical that we take time to acknowledge the award-winning work that our faculty and staff carry out, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic,” Cross says. “Tennesseans can count on the real-life solutions that the UT Institute of Agriculture provides to students and stakeholders from communities throughout Tennessee and beyond to enhance the economy, conserve the environment, and develop leaders for the future.”
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