Director’s Award Recognizes Support and Service


Kim Lane
University of Tennessee AgResearch presented the annual Director’s Awards to Kim Lane (shown above) and Charles Summey of the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (ETREC) in Knoxville. The awards are a tribute to UT AgResearch employees who exhibit outstanding support service. ​Photos courtesy UTIA. Click on each name to download the image.​














KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Tennessee AgResearch presented the annual Director’s Awards to Kim Lane and Charles Summey of the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (ETREC) in Knoxville. The awards are a tribute to UT AgResearch employees who exhibit outstanding support service.  Lane is the Center’s administrative specialist, while Summey is a senior field worker at the ETREC – Plant Sciences Unit.

In her role, Lane is the go-to person for a variety of questions from Human Resource issues, to work schedules to ETREC policies. She is also, often the first point of contact for visitors and students. Center Director Bobby Simpson says Lane excels at interacting with the public and building relationships with co-workers. 

“Kim is extremely dependable. Her work attendance is exemplary. She has a strong rapport with co-workers, communicates well with the various research unit managers, and is always helpful to our student interns and workers,” says Simpson. “She takes pride in excelling at that job.”

Summey brings more than 30 years of experience to ETREC. His areas of responsibility include maintaining irrigation and farm equipment, establishing agronomic research plots, and precision mowing turfgrass research plots. Interestingly, Summey is a third generation ETREC staff member. His father and grandfather worked at the Dairy Unit and Blount Unit, respectively.

“Given his history and loyalty to ETREC, it’s no surprise that one of Charles’ strengths is his institutional memory and knowledge of ETREC property and operations,” says Simpson. “He knows this acreage extremely well, and that proves to be beneficial many times over.”

Lane and Summey are two of five employees across the state that UT AgResearch honored for their contributions and service.

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Contacts:

Bobby Simpson, center director, ETREC, 865-974-7201, rsimpso4@tennessee.edu

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu