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.
Lacey Johnston, lecturer in the Department of Animal Science, is the winner of the Williams – E.R. “Prof” Lidvall Outstanding Teaching Award. This award was established by Donald Williams, a 1961 graduate of the College of Agriculture, and honors his former professor and mentor, Professor E.R. Lidvall. The award recognizes faculty who exemplify Lidvall’s commitment to excellence in the classroom.
Johnston was not present for the awards ceremony, as she serves in the US Army Reserves and is currently at Fort Sill in Oklahoma for training. Johnston works with horses in equine science and Extension programming and began her career in 4-H horse projects. In the Department of Animal Science, she serves on a number of committees and coaches student-related horse teams.
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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