UT Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty and Staff Awards for
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.”
Jimmy Hayes, a research and veterinary technician supervisor in the small animal clinic at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of four winners of the J.E. Moss Achievement Award. Established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, this award recognizes achievement in teaching, research, and Extension for the UT Institute of Agriculture. Awards are provided yearly for each of the four UTIA units. Chris Graves represents the Herbert College of Agriculture in receiving this honor. The other winners are John Sorochan for UT AgResearch and Lew Strickland for UT Extension.
“I’m very honored and surprised to be receiving this award. I enjoy educating students and seeing them become veterinarians,” Hayes says.
Hayes has been with UTCVM for 26 years. UTCVM Dean Jim Thompson says, “Jimmy has a lasting impact on both our students and faculty.”
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