​Loudon County UT Extension Agent Wins the William D. Bishop Award ​

John Goddard, UT Extension
John Goddard, UT Extension agent in Loudon County, is the winner of the William D. Bishop Outstanding Service Award. Also pictured are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (left) and interim UT Extension Dean Delton Gerloff. Photo courtesy UTIA.​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

John Goddard, UT Extension agent in Loudon County, is the winner of the William D. Bishop Outstanding Service Award. This award is presented in memory of UT Extension Dean Emeritus William D. Bishop, and recognizes a member of UT Extension who has contributed most to the attainment of Extension objectives. 

“I knew Dr. Bishop while I was a grad student at UTK. Receiving any award that has Dr. Bishop’s name on it means the world to me,” Goddard says. “I understand this award is for ‘seasoned” Extension Agents who have been loyal to this great university in carrying out the objectives of UT Extension. I’ve always considered my county office to be the gateway to the University of Tennessee. I have always prided myself on delivering research-based information to my youth and adult families. I would like to truly thank those who feel I deserve such a prestigious award.”

Goddard has served nearly three decades in Loudon County, and also worked in Bradley and Hawkins counties in his career. He has been a key partner with UT AgResearch in crop variety testing programs, enlisting producers to try different seeds to gauge yield results.

Goddard has also been active with 4-H Livestock Judging teams in beef and sheep projects, and has coached six national champion 4-H teams in four different subject areas. One of Goddard’s former 
4-Hers, Jessy Harris Shanks, also received one of the Institute awards at the same ceremony.

Goddard was elected by his peers to serve on the UT Exempt Staff Council, and was Chairman last year. He’s also served on the UT President’s Employee Relations Advisory board.

Loudon County cattle producer Walt Dickson says, “John is the best agent UT has ever hired.”

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

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

John Goddard, 865-458-5612, jgoddar1@utk.edu