UT AgResearch’s ​Bob Hayes Wins the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award

Picture of Bob Hayes with UTIA leaders

Bob Hayes, director of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, is the winner of the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award. ​From left to right: Hongwei Xin, dean of UT AgResearch; Bob Hayes; 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.

UT Institute of Agriculture 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,” says Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach and service programs that benefit our stakeholders, and serves as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

Bob Hayes, director of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, is the winner of the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award. The award is named for B. Ray Thompson, a Knoxville businessman who made significant contributions to UT and the Institute of Agriculture. The honor is made possible by earnings from the Thompson Endowment, and is presented annually to UTIA faculty who have distinguished themselves by their exceptional performance.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance
Award,” Hayes says. “I accept this award on behalf of my nominators, mentors, students, staff and fellow faculty members. Special thanks to UTIA administration and benefactors who provide the environment and resources for faculty to provide real life solutions.”

Hayes has more than four decades of service to UTIA. A weed scientist by trade, he is one of the founders of no-till agriculture in Tennessee farming. At the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, he leads dozens of research projects in row crop agriculture, forestry and gardening. He also was the key leader in the recent reconstruction of the center. Hayes has won many prestigious awards in his career, including Progressive Farmer’s Man of the Year in Tennessee agriculture.

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.

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Contacts: 

Charles Denney, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-382-8058,
cmdenney@utk.edu

Bob Hayes, director, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 731-425-4769,
rhayes1@utk.edu