43-year agent Judy Kovach is one of three statewide winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award​

2016 Winners of UT Extension Wharton Awards
The UT Institute of Agriculture recognizes three UT Extension Agents with the annual Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements. Shown with Dr. Tim Cross, UT Dean of Extension (left) are this year’s honorees: Bob Shumake, Weakley County; Judy Kovach, Robertson County; and Tom Stebbins, Hamilton County. UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington is shown far right.

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.

Judy Kovach, a family and consumer Sciences agent with UT Extension in Robertson County, is one of three winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements. The award recognizes winners in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee.

Kovach has worked in five counties in her 43-year Extension career – Hardeman, Stewart, Houston, Montgomery and now Robertson. She’s been in Springfield the past 13 years, and leads programs such as Tech Savvy, teaching computer skills to the elderly. Kovach also teaches tai chi and exercise classes, and cooking programs such as Smart Chefs. She also has a Family and Community Education (FCE) club that has an Angel Tree each holiday season to benefit victims of domestic violence.

“My accomplishments are not marked by me, but by the people I taught, guided, coached or mentored,” Kovach says. “The ‘Learn by Doing’ method has carried me personally and professionally. I’m humbled and honored to receive this award.”

“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.”

This award is made possible by Charles Wharton and his late wife Julie. Mr. and Mrs. Wharton have been generous supporters of UTIA and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine through their financial gifts. The other winners of this award are Bob Shumake, 4-H Agent for Weakley County, and horticulture expert Tom Stebbins of Hamilton County.

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



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

Judy Kovach, 615-384-7936, jkovach2@utk.edu