Lori Gallimore is the Winner of the Lloyd and Nettie Downen Award

Picture of Lori Gallimore with UTIA leaders

Lori Gallimore with Tennessee 4-H is the winner of the Lloyd and Nettie Downen Award.​ Pictured from left to right: Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; Lori Gallimore, UT Extension 4-H; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. 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 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide real-life solutions to challenging issues every day,” said Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach as well as service programs that benefit our stakeholders. They serve as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

Lori Gallimore with Tennessee 4-H is the winner of the Lloyd and Nettie Downen Award. It’s the second time Gallimore has received this honor, also taking it home in 2013. The award is named for former UT Extension Dean Lloyd Downen and his wife Nettie. It recognizes faculty who serve in leadership roles, and includes a stipend for further leadership training.

“I am very grateful to the Downen’s for providing this most generous award!” Gallimore says. “While it is an honor to take home the hardware, I believe that it is our 4-H community that will truly benefit from their gift. This resource will be used to create professional development resources in the areas of critical thinking and inclusion for our 4-H agents, volunteers and 4-H members.  It is my goal that Tennessee 4-H continues to grow, learn and 'make the best better.' The Downen’s are making this possible!”

Gallimore has been with the state 4-H office on the UT agricultural campus for 12 years. She leads organizational efforts in events like 4-H Roundup and Congress, develops professional development training for 4-H agents, and works with the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe to help spread the 4-H message through music. Gallimore also revamped the judging system for Roundup competitions – with judges now able to use on online process, and 4-Hers submitting their own web sites now instead of the mound of papers and folders of the past.

Gallimore was an outstanding 4-Her herself growing up in Henry County, and attended National 4-H Congress as a Tennessee state winner in Citizenship.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



Charles Denney, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-382-8058,

Lori Gallimore, UT Extension Statewide 4-H Office, 865-974-2128,