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Advancement professionals join the UT Institute of Agriculture and UT Foundation

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Donna Eason-Pile (download photo), Tiffany Howard (download photo), Michele Sides (download photo) and Lindsay Taylor Phillips (download photo) will serve as advancement professionals for the UT Institute of Agriculture and the UT Foundation Inc.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the UT Foundation Inc., have added four advancement professionals to their combined staff. Each new team member will have responsibilities spanning all aspects of the institute and be located strategically in different regions of the state.
 
Lindsay Taylor Phillips joined the team this fall as a major gifts officer for the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Taylor Phillips’ current focus is on the equine and farm animal industries, working with the grateful owners of patients of the UT Veterinary Medical Center’s Equine and Farm Animal hospitals and friends of the college. Located on the agricultural campus in Knoxville, Taylor Phillips has statewide and southeastern regional responsibilities for CVM. Taylor Phillips comes to UT from a national sales and business development background. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the UT Knoxville College of Communication and Information.

Donna Eason-Pile has been named director of annual giving and donor relations. Eason-Pile originally joined the UT Institute of Agriculture in August 2010 as assistant development director for UT Extension. In her new role, she will be responsible for the institute’s stewardship programs of its investors and manage its annual giving operations. This key position will be located on the agricultural campus in Knoxville. Prior to joining UTIA, Eason-Pile served as business development manager for Integrated Management Resources and director of marketing and public relations for Summit Health Management.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in agricultural leadership and extension communication through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in Knoxville.
 
Tiffany Howard has been named director of advancement with responsibilities focused in the central Tennessee region. She will be working out of the UTIA Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill and will represent all aspects of the institute. Howard has served as associate director for the public policy division of the Tennessee Farm Bureau for the past five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University and is currently working on a master’s degree in the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in Knoxville.

Michele Sides has been named director of advancement with responsibilities focused in the western Tennessee region. She will work out of the UTIA West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, and she, too, will represent the entire institute in her efforts. Sides most recently served as a family and consumer sciences agent for UT Extension in Chester County. Prior to that experience, she was a store manager for Parker School Uniforms and owner of Tailored for Two in Jackson. Sides holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in family and consumer sciences there.
 
“The institute is fortunate to have these four professionals helping us advance our institution,” said UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “We are intent on serving the state in the most impacting, economical manner possible and this new format for our advancement team will help us accomplish this goal.”
 
“With these new team members and with Donna in an expanded role, I’m confident we will be successful at addressing the extramural funding needs of the institute,” said UTIA Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement Keith Barber. “All our teammates believe in the land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension, and we’ll complement one another as we serve the institute in our varying roles.”
 
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; the UT College of Veterinary Medicine; UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers; and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

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Contact: Tiffany Carpenter, UT Foundation, 865-974-1476
 
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