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Milan’s Jason Williams Recognized with Center Director’s Award for Professional Support Service

MILAN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee AgResearch presented the 2021 Director’s Award for Outstanding Professional Service to Jason Williams of the Milan AgResearch and Education Center. Williams has served the AgResearch and Education Center as a research associate for 25 years and plays an integral role in its success. 

Jason Williams joined the Milan Center in the mid 1990s. Since then, he has led the effort to modernize data collections through studying GIS and GPS systems, managing technical monitoring of experiments, and training other research associates. 

In his nomination, center director Blake Brown wrote Williams’ work was especially important during the pandemic, as the Milan No-Till Field Day was presented virtually. As Brown spent time preparing for that, Williams took charge of the center’s research trials. This included coordinating with the farm leader and crew, maintaining more than 200 research projects and keeping up with the facilities at the center. 

Brown wrote in part, “Never once did I question or worry about the ability of our team to get the job done with Jason leading the charge. They did a wonderful job under some trying circumstances.”

Outside of work, Williams has also served as a music minister and youth leader at his church, a school board member of the Kenton School District, and a new grandfather.

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