Leadership

Photo: Dr. Fred Tompkins Dr. Fred D. Tompkins

Interim Dean
UT AgResearch

Phone: 974-4509
Fax: (865) 974-6479
E-mail: tompkins@utk.edu

Major Responsibilities

Dr. Tompkins is responsible for the research programs of some 130 agricultural and natural resource faculty in seven academic departments. In addition, he oversees the management of our ten research facilities in strategic locations across the state. He represents UT AgResearch in the Institute of Agriculture, and coordinates with our partner entities -- the Herbert College of Agriculture, UT Extension, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Education

Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1974
B.S. Agricultural Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1971

Summary of Experience

Dr. Tompkins first joined UTIA as a student in 1968, completing his BS and PhD degrees in Agricultural Engineering. He then was appointed to a faculty position in 1974, serving as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering. Next, he served as Department Head from 1991 to 1994, before moving to the College of Engineering where he assumed responsibilities as Associate Dean and later Interim Dean from 1994 through 2003.

Following his service in the College of Engineering, Dr. Tompkins went on to serve the University as Interim Vice President for Research, President and CEO of the UT Research Foundation, and Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development from 2003 to 2014. His latest assignment was as Director of the Office of Oak Ridge Operations for the UT System.



Photo: Dr. Timothy G. Rials Dr. Timothy G. Rials

Associate Dean and Associate Director
UT AgResearch

The University of Tennessee
103 Morgan Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-4506

Phone: 946-1129
Fax: (865) 974-6479
E-mail: trials@tennessee.edu

Major Responsibilities

Dr. Rials focuses on UT AgResearch programs by facilitating the development of multi-disciplinary faculty teams that cut across departments and institutions. He also promotes AgResearch relationships with commodity groups, agencies, and professional groups.

Education

Ph.D. Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1986
M.S. Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1983
B.S. Forest Management, Mississippi State University, 1980





Photo: Dr. David White Dr. David G. White

Associate Dean and Associate Director
UT AgResearch

The University of Tennessee
309 Morgan Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-4506

Phone: 865-974-5980
Fax: (865) 974-6479
E-mail: dwhite25@tennessee.edu

Major Responsibilities

Dr. White focuses on UT AgResearch programs by facilitating the development of multi-disciplinary faculty teams that cut across departments and institutions. He also promotes AgResearch relationships with commodity groups, agencies, and professional groups.

Education

Ph.D. Veterinary Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1991
M.S. Animal Sciences, University of Kentucky, 1987
B.S. Animal Sciences, University of Vermont, 1985





Photo: Dr. Barry D. Sims Dr. Barry D. Sims

Associate Director
UT AgResearch

The University of Tennessee
103 Morgan Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-4506

Phone: 865-974-7339
Fax: (865) 974-6479
E-mail: bsims@tennessee.edu

Major Responsibilities

Dr. Sims focuses primarily on facility and construction projects at the Research and Education Centers. He also assists with the development of research workplans, field days and special events, community groups, employee training programs for Center employees, risk management, safety and compliance, and other related activities.

Education

Ph.D. Agronomy/Weed Science, University of Arkansas, 1986
M.S. Plant and Soil Science/Weed Science, University of Tennessee, 1983
B.S. Plant and Soil Science, University of Tennessee, Martin, 1981
A.S. Agricultural Business, Dyersburg State Community College, 1979




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