​Justin Crowe Receives the Lloyd & Nettie Downen Endowment Fund Leadership Enhancement Award

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Justin Crowe, UTIA 2016 Downen Award

Justin Crowe, an administrator with Tennessee 4-H at its headquarters in Knoxville, is the statewide winner of the Lloyd and Nettie Downen Endowment Award. Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Tim Cross, Dean of UT Extension; Justin Crowe; and Dr. Larry Arrington, UTIA Chancellor.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts. Thirty-two people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held in early August. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Justin Crowe, an administrator with Tennessee 4-H at its headquarters in Knoxville, is the statewide winner of the Lloyd and Nettie Downen Endowment Award. The award is named for former UT Extension Dean Lloyd Downen and his wife Nettie. It recognizes faculty who serve in leadership roles, and includes a stipend for further leadership training.

Crowe has been involved in 4-H almost his whole life, getting his start as a 4-Her in his native McNairy County. He later became a 4-H agent in Nashville, and then joined the state staff in Knoxville in 2008. He leads events such as 4-H Congress and 4-H Roundup, and is especially involved in service learning projects for 4-H youth. This includes Operation Christmas Child, where Crowe has helped gather thousands of gift boxes for needy children in countries around the world. 

Crowe also serves on the faculty of UTIA’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. He recently used funds from the award to travel to Texas to learn more about that state’s 4-H organization.

“I’m truly honored to receive the Downen leadership award,” Crowe says. “I was able to travel to Texas and spend a week with their state 4-H leader – and learned more about leadership opportunities within the 4-H program and further developed my leadership skills.” 

“We are so proud of the many talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture across the state,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contact:

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

Justin Crowe, 865-974-2128, jcrowe3@utk.edu