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The Herbert College of Agriculture

The College begins fall semester with a new name and unprecedented optimism for the future. June 22 was a historic day for us when the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture announced the new Herbert College of Agriculture, named for distinguished alumni Jim and Judi Herbert. Thanks to their transformative gift, it becomes only the third named college in UT's 224-year history and one of only two land-grant agricultural colleges in the nation to be named from a philanthropic gift. This gift elevates the College into an elite group of the very best public land-grant colleges of agriculture in the nation. For our students, becoming the Herbert College of Agriculture means new opportunities and resources to excel. Learn more about Jim and Judi Herbert and explore our perspectives on what it means to be the Herbert College of Agriculture.

Unlimited Opportunities

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A World Away

Far from Knoxville, the oceanic nations of Japan and Australia are the newest frontiers in learning for Herbert College of Agriculture students. Their travels during mini-term enabled the students to assess how agricultural practices differ by culture and resources, and explore their own personal and professional growth. All are critical skills for success that reflect the College's commitment to experiential learning.

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That's the word graduate student Mallory Tate uses to sum up her summer in the Central American country of Belize. Her time there included an opportunity to study vampire bats while Herbert undergraduates conducted projects on assessing land for teak and mahogany production, and surveyed soil and water quality and crop production. Tate and team members Andrew Franks and Sarah Ottinger call their experience life-changing.

Happenings in Herbert

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Blazing Career Paths for Tennessee 4-H’ers

A new program called Next Chapter will take Tennessee youth to new vistas in preparing for their careers ahead. Among them are the ability to write a competitive résumé and insider knowledge of career paths that match their interests and skills.

The pioneering program unites junior and senior high school students with the University for opportunities and resources they would not otherwise have.

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Farewells and Beginnings

As the College embarks upon the new academic year, we find ourselves saying farewell to three esteemed members. Each has enabled our students to excel and strengthened our programs. We invite you to learn about their impacts.

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"It Was Wild"

Recruitment of top-flight students to the College starts early. Mark Windham learned that very quickly on a visit with two classrooms of first graders. Windham serves as Distinguished Professor in Ornamental Plant Pathology. He was at the school to introduce the primary students to microbiology.

"One little boy named Jason told me he had no idea things you cannot see with your eyes existed, but now he wants to study them when he grows up," Windham says. "They also learned about plant pathology and that it's a fun career option. We had a ball and they asked fantastic questions. One little girl told me that she now knows why her mom's rose won't grow anymore—it's sick! She has potential." Windham says it is delightful to introduce young children to science, and he plans to do a lot more school visits ahead.

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I write to you at a tremendously exciting time for the College. We have begun harvesting ideas from faculty, staff, and students about the best ways to use the Herbert College of Agriculture's gift funds to elevate learning in the College. Our students benefit from great hands-on learning and with this wonderful gift, experiential learning opportunities will be even better. The future real-life experiences in entrepreneurship and applied problem solving will ensure that our students who are emerging into the broad professional world of agriculture will take roles as our premier leaders and thinkers. Exciting times are coming and it will be a pleasure to share them as they unfold.

Caula Beyl,
Dean, Herbert College of Agriculture

Keep In Touch

Herbert College of Agriculture
Office of the Dean

2621 Morgan Circle Drive  ·  126 Morgan Hall  ·  Knoxville, TN 37996
herbert@utk.edu  ·  herbert.tennessee.edu