Phillip Myer with Animal Science Is the Winner of the Miles Award for Community Service 

Photo of Phillip Myer with Award

Pictured above from left to right, Fred Tompkins, interim dean of AgResearch; Caula Beyl, dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture; Phillip Myer, assistant professor in animal science; and Tim Cross, chancellor of 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.”  

Phillip Myer, assistant professor in Animal Science, is the winner of the William T. Miles Award for Community Service. The award is named for William T. Miles, whose family had a history of generous support for Ames Plantation in West Tennessee.

Myer specializes in feed efficiency for beef cattle, beef ruminant microbiology and nutritional physiology. He’s also established an internship partnership between UTIA and Zamorano University in Honduras. 

This award recognizes his community service work, which includes visits to area elementary schools where he talks to kids about careers in agriculture and leads them in science experiments. Myer also volunteers his time with a program called “Girls on the Run.” Here elementary age girls learn lifelong fitness from adult mentors – and at the end of the program, they lace up their shoes and run a 5K race together. 

“It is an honor to receive the William T. Miles Award for Community Service,” Myer says. “As a volunteer, it has been rewarding to serve the Knoxville community youth through education and mentorship. The active participation in enriching the lives of our young community not only serves them, but drives the growth and value of the Knoxville community.”

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


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