​​4-H Agent Glenn Turner of Sevier County is the Winner of the William Bishop Award​

Picture of Glenn Turner with UTIA leaders
4-H agent Glenn Turner with UT Extension in Sevier County is the winner of the William Bishop Award. Pictured left to right: Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; Daniel Bishop, son of William Bishop; Glenn Turner; Jack Bishop, son of William Bishop; 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.”

4-H agent Glenn Turner with UT Extension in Sevier County is the winner of the William Bishop Award, named for the former UTIA dean. The award was especially meaningful for Turner as his father, a former Extension agent, and Dr. Bishop were good friends. Turner has also won the Institute’s Darter, Alice Ann Moore and Wharton awards in the past.

“I am honored to be recognized with the William D. Bishop Outstanding Service Award,” Turner says. “I have been blessed to be a part of the Extension family for over 34 years, hopefully impacting the lives of young people through the 4-H program. I am thankful to the Bishop family for providing this recognition.”

Turner oversees a 4-H program with nearly 5,000 youth and 400 volunteers, and has coached national and state winners in public speaking. His 4-Hers have performed more than 7,000 service projects in his time with UT Extension, including collecting coats for the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry and cooking for a local food bank.

But perhaps Turner’s greatest accomplishment came after the Gatlinburg fires of 2016. He organized a relief effort that raised more than $90,000 in donations and gift cards for 4-Hers and their families who lost their homes.

We just wanted those kids to know your 4-H family is thinking about you,” Turner says.

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 & Communications, 865-382-8058,

Glenn Turner, UT Extension Sevier County, 8675-453-3695,