Leadership

Photo: Dr. Hongwei Xin Dr. Hongwei Xin

Dean
UT AgResearch

Phone: 865-974-7105
Fax: (865) 974-6479
E-mail: hxin2@utk.edu

Major Responsibilities

Dr. Xin 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 Nebraska
M.S. Agricultural Engineering, University of Nebraska
B.S. Agricultural Engineering, Shenyang Agricultural University

Summary of Experience

In addition to serving as assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, Dr. Xin was the director of the Egg Industry Center (EIC), interim director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) and Animal Science.

Dr. Xin is also known for his collaborative work in facilitating linkages between academics, research and economic development; supporting international academic partnerships; and raising significant private dollars to fund a state-of-the-art poultry teaching and research farm. He serves on numerous scientific advisory boards and committees for academia; industry organizations; and government agencies at state, national and international levels. He has also been instrumental and actively engaged in global capacity building and collaborations toward sustainable animal production. Before joining Iowa State in 1993, he spent more than three years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arkansas conducting broiler housing research.



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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