UT Professor David Lockwood Receives the Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award 

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UT Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty and Staff Awards for 2022 

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 August 16, 2022. 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 Carrie Castille hosted the award winners and celebrated their work. “I am so excited to recognize excellence as exemplified by the award-winning members of our UTIA faculty and staff,” Castille says. “Their continuing commitment to our land-grant mission ensures that the Institute develops and delivers real-life solutions to improve the health and economy of our state and beyond while also enhancing our environment.”  

David Lockwood, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, is the recipient of the Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award. This award is presented in memory of former Vice President for Agriculture Webster Pendergrass and recognizes a teaching, research or Extension faculty member who has contributed most to the fulfillment of the Institute’s goals and objectives. 

“It has been an honor and pleasure to be a part of UTIA and to get to work with people across the state and region,” says Lockwood. “I am impressed by the caliber of the people at UT. The work we do gets more important every day with the advances in technology and the challenges of providing for the needs of a growing population.” 

Lockwood has been with UT for more than 45 years and has taught a summer course in grape production in Cortona, Italy, for 13 years. In addition to teaching, he is a UT Extension fruit and nut crop specialist. For more than 20 years, Lockwood has participated in the Tennessee Orchard Show, the Apple Grafting School as part of the Arbor Day celebration in Claiborne County and many UTIA field days. 

Among his many recognitions, Lockwood has previously received the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents and Specialists Achievement Award, the Tennessee Fruit and Vegetable Association Outstanding Service Award, the Cavender award for best publication and the Educator of the Year Award, Clairborne County. 

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

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