Craig Pickett, Jr.
Craig Pickett, newly appointed coordinator for student life and diversity, will provide leadership in student engagement and involvement for the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, a unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Photo by M. Emery, courtesy UTIA. Download image

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig S. Pickett Jr. as coordinator for student life and diversity.

In his new role, Pickett will serve as a catalyst for holistic student development by creating programs and resources to promote student engagement and involvement. In addition, he will coordinate the CASNR Living Learning Community and serve as the instructor for its course, AGNR 103, as well as teach AGNR 100: Orientation to Studies in Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Living Learning Community is an academic and student life program that brings together agricultural and natural resources students for shared residential housing and student life experiences with academic study and hands-on learning opportunities.

Pickett will provide leadership of multicultural awareness, inclusivity and student success by coordinating efforts aimed at increasing the recruitment, retention and academic performance of minority students at CASNR.

“We are excited about Craig joining the college because he brings new dimensions in both student life and its assessment and also a wealth of ideas about recruiting a more diverse student body to the many opportunities that exist in agriculture and environmental sciences,” says CASNR Dean Caula Beyl.

Pickett says he looks forward to serving as an advocate for all students within CASNR. “My goal is to ensure that student reach their full potential by taking advantage of all of the wonderful programs, organizations and resources offered both inside and outside of the classroom. By promoting student engagement, leadership, service-learning and cultural awareness, our students will be able to develop the necessary character traits and attributes to make a lasting impact on this nation and the world!”

Pickett comes to CASNR from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he served as the career counselor for career development. While at UNCG, he volunteered as a staff adviser and mentor through the UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs Rites of Passage Program and was a service-learning leader through the UNCG Office of Leadership and Service Learning. His background also includes experience in diversity initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University and multicultural affairs at Dennison University.

Pickett earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College in 2008 and a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

The University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, one of four units of the UT Institute of Agriculture, provides academic programs in a variety of natural and social science based disciplines that affect our food, fiber and natural resources. With an enrollment of more than 1,500 students, the college offers 10 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.



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