​UT Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty/Staff Awards for 2018

Photo of Chris Clark and Award
Pictured above from left to right, Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Chris Clark, professor in Agriculture and Resource Economics; Fred Tompkins, interim dean of AgResearch; and Caula Beyl, dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

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 held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 17, 2018. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people we recognized at our ceremony exemplify the Institute of Agriculture’s commitment to our mission of providing real life solutions through teaching, discovery and service on campus – throughout Tennessee and across the world,” Cross says. “Their hard work and dedication inspires all of us to be our best.”  

Chris Clark, professor in Agriculture and Resource Economics, is the winner of the Webster Pendergrass Award for Outstanding Service. This award is presented in memory of former Vice President of 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.

Clark’s focus is on protecting our natural resources and the economic impact of conservation practices. He’s teamed with the engineering department on a number of water quality projects, including one involving study of the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Clark is also part of a UTIA team working with the USDA monitoring how droughts, floods and changes in temperature impact us from an economic standpoint. He’s also served as leader of the Institute’s strategic planning process and secured more than $10,000,000 in grant funding.”

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award,” Clark says. “While I’m appreciative of the recognition, I’m also keenly aware that this is really a reflection of the collective efforts of a large number of people.”

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. Through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu.



Charles Denney, 865-382-8058, cmdenney@utk.edu

Chris Clark, 8650974-7471, cdclark@utk.edu