4-H Agent Kathy Finley of Robertson County Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the Wharton Award

2018 UTIA Wharton Award Winners
Pictured above are the 2018 UTIA Wharton Award winners with UTIA leaders and Charles Wharton, from left to right: Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Calvin Bryant, Extension agent in Lawrence County; Kathy Finley, Extension agent in Robertson County; June Puett, Extension agent in Hamilton County; Charles Wharton, UTIA donor and former member of the UT Board of Trustees; and Robert Burns, dean of UT Extension. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 17, 2018. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people we recognized at our ceremony exemplify the Institute of Agriculture’s commitment to our mission of providing real life solutions through teaching, discovery and service on campus – throughout Tennessee and across the world,” Cross says. “Their hard work and dedication inspires all of us to be our best.”  

Kathy Finley, a 4-H agent 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.

Finley has been a 4-H agent since 1990 and leads some of the most innovative programming in the state. Her 4-Hers are part of a dramatic improv and video club, performing skills or producing films about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and warning about bullying and eating disorders. These skits and films are often shown to younger kids to help them with life decisions. Finley has also lead exchange programs with 4-H clubs in other states and has taken her kids to California and Minnesota. And if that wasn’t enough, several of her twelve grandchildren are active 4-Hers.

"I am humbled to be a recipient of the Wharton Award,” Finley says. “An Extension program develops over the years through the work and support of many people. The Wharton Award is an honor that I share with my co-workers and Robertson County 4-H family of youth, sponsors and volunteers."

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. Through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu​.



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

Kathy Finley, 615-384-7936, kfinley@utk.edu