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Tim and Denise Cross standing with a lake view behind them

As the holiday season approaches, I think a lot about the Andy Williams song, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." The lyrics highlight visits with friends, spending time with loved ones, and spreading messages of good cheer. While the challenges our country and world face may hold our attention, remember, too, that the holidays are a time to pause and reflect on how fortunate we are to have family, friends, and colleagues who add meaning and richness to our lives. As members of the UTIA family, we're privileged to serve thousands of exceptional students, clients, and stakeholders on campus and throughout Tennessee and beyond in ways that advance their lives and society as a whole.

From my family to yours, Denise and I wish you the very best this holiday season and hope that you have plenty of opportunities to relax, refresh, and be with those who mean the most to you. Enjoy this wonderful time of the year and thanks for all you do to support the Institute of Agriculture.


P.S. Be sure to follow me and the latest Institute developments on Twitter at @UTIAChancellor.

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