Sandra Marine Receives the UT AgResearch Dean’s Award for Outstanding Support Staff

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UT Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty and Staff Awards for 2023 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and Extension experts at UTIA’s annual awards and promotions luncheon on the UTIA campus in Knoxville on August 15, 2023. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.  

UT Institute of Agriculture Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President Keith Carver hosted the award winners and celebrated their work. “I’m excited to celebrate the amazing work of our UTIA faculty and staff,” says Carver. “These awards are well-deserved and represent our employees’ steadfast dedication to their work, the Institute and the people of Tennessee. The impact of their accomplishments and passion will be felt for generations to come.” 

Sandra Marine, administrative support assistant in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS), is the recipient of the UT AgResearch Dean’s Award for Outstanding Support Staff. The award honors and acknowledges the excellence of employees in fulfilling their job responsibilities. The award recognizes employees who have demonstrated the following: competence and critical thinking; cooperativeness and team building; professionalism and ethical behavior, initiative, and dependability; and excellent communication skills. 

Sandra has served in her current role in BESS for 17 years, but her roots with UTIA extend further. Across a 34-year career with the Institute, Sandra has worked as an administrative professional in the Department of Animal Science, College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. She says she is most proud of working with and serving people across the state of Tennessee. Sandra previously received the BESS Outstanding Staff Award.  

Sandra is married to Kendall Marine and is mother to two sons, Alex and Adam. In her spare time, she likes to cook and read. 

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.

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