Stacy Clark Receives the Vernon and Ida Darter Award

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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.” 

Stacy Clark, Extension agent in Lawrence County, is the recipient of the Vernon and Ida Darter Award. Named for the late Extension Dean Emeritus Vernon W. Darter and his wife, the late Ida Darter, this award recognizes excellence among the ranks of Associate Extension Agents. 

“It is an honor and privilege to receive the Vernon and Ida Darter Award.,” says Clark. “Receiving this award is a result of working with great partners, co-workers and communities that help to make my programs successful.” 

Clark has been with UTIA for seven years. Her current focus area is adult family and consumer sciences in Lawrence County, where she offers programs in money management, health, food safety, nutrition and parenting. She previously worked for UT Extension in Perry County. 

Clark earned a bachelor’s in family and consumer sciences from Tennessee State University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. She previously received the Lloyd and Nettie Downen Award and various National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences awards. 

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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