The National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association recognizes Donnie and Terry Smith for gift to UT to endow International Sustainable Agriculture Chair

 

Donnie and Terry Smith were recently named the Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) for their gift of $3.2 million to establish the Smith Endowed Chair for International Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Photo courtesy of Tyson Foods, Inc.

 

 

 

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Donnie and Terry Smith were recently named the 2015 Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year for their commitment to tackle food instability through an endowed chair at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA).
“Their gift is an investment in our global future,” said UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “We share with the Smiths a concern and a vision about world population growth and the challenges of feeding the expected nine billion people by the year 2050.”
The June National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) award comes on the heels of the Smiths being celebrated by the University of Tennessee as the 2014 Philanthropists of the Year. The couple generously gave $3.2 million to their alma mater through the UT Foundation in support of establishing the Smith Endowed Chair for International Sustainable Agriculture at UTIA.
Smith, who is the CEO of Tyson Foods, earned his undergraduate degree in animal science from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and his wife, Terry, is a graduate of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
“You have to have a link to a land grant university that can do the research, that has the extension to implement solutions, and that can educate students who then lead the university either by working on the problem or by delivering those solutions to the developing world,” said Smith. “That is why we established the chair at the UT Institute of Agriculture.”
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state. 
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Contact:
Lauren Vath, UTIA Advancement Communications, 865-974-5720, lvath@utfi.org