Position Announcement - Center Director Greeneville

Position: Center Director
Research and Education Center at Greeneville
Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Stations



  • Responsible for the comprehensive administration and management of the UT Research and Education Center at Greeneville.

  • Exert visionary leadership and serve as a catalyst for the implementation of innovative research projects.

  • Direct the execution of research plans developed by faculty scientists.

  • Recruit and promote the professional development of qualified staff.

  • Manage finances and assets.

  • Nurture productive relationships with a wide variety of entities across the Institute of Agriculture and University community, as well as the local community and constituents external to the University.

  • Work with local agents and specialists to plan and conduct annual field days.

  • The REC at Greeneville functions independently from any single department and reports directly to the Dean of UT AgResearch/Director of the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station (TAES).

  • The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


One of ten outdoor research and teaching laboratories in the University of Tennessee AgResearch System, the AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville serves the agricultural community of upper East Tennessee. The center is located 75 miles east of the main campus in Knoxville. Founded in 1932 and originally known as UTís Tobacco Experiment Station, the facilityís name was changed to the Research and Education Center at Greeneville to more accurately reflect the centerís mission to meet agricultural research and information needs of upper East Tennessee. The center includes some 500 acres to meet the scientistsí needs.

Research performed at the center strives to help landowners produce better and more abundant crops and healthier beef cattle. The center is known for developing better burley tobacco varieties. Most commercially grown varieties available today contain genetics developed through the centerís breeding program.

Greene County is also number one in Tennessee for beef cattle production, with historical paths known as the Drovers Road, passing through the town enroute to Asheville, NC. The Droverís Road connected Greeneville, TN to Greenville, SC. Greene County was also number one in dairy production in Tennessee for several years, being home to the infamous PET dairy.

In recent years, commercial vegetable production has grown along the Nolichucky River bottoms, more specifically, specialty tomatoes, squash, and cabbage. Pumpkins and watermelons are also on the upward trend, along with the introduction of hemp and hops.

Currently, there are 59 producers licensed to grow hemp in Greene County FY19.
The Research and Education Center at Greeneville hosts numerous industry and public tours, including the Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo which annually attracts nearly 200 members of the ag community. Annually, the center hosts Kids Day on the Farm where the third graders of Greene County spend a day learning about how and where their food is produced.

Greeneville is also known as a retirement destination, due to lower cost of living, therefore a number of REC clientele are interested in backyard gardening and/or homesteading.


  • Candidates must have a graduate degree in a field of agricultural science or relevant area.

  • Five years of conducting and/or directing agricultural research, strong leadership and communication skills, and other personal attributes necessary to manage and direct a research and education center.

  • Candidates must also have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.


  • Research and/or managerial experience at a university preferably at a land-grant institution is preferred.

  • Preference will be given to those who have an earned doctorate, have a demonstrated ability to administer budgets and manage personnel.

  • Possess a background or experience in agricultural or natural resource production/management.

  • Ability to lead, work well with others, and work with a diversity of constituents.


Greeneville, named for Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene, lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The city boasts many outdoor activities for recreational enthusiasts, being home to ~20 miles of the Appalachian Trail, over 38,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest, and several miles of the Nolichucky River, which flows into Douglas Lake. Greeneville is also a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains, being just under an hourís drive to the popular tourist destination of Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, home to Dolly Parton.

Information about TAES may be found at https://taes.tennessee.edu/ and information specific to the Research and Education Center at Greeneville at http://greeneville.tennessee.edu.


Nominations of qualified individuals are sought and should be sent electronically to the Committee Chair at the address shown below.
Applications must be completed online. The position posting along with application instructions can be found at https://tiny.utk.edu/GreenevilleDirector.

Please attach: (1) a letter summarizing the applicantís qualifications and interest in the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, and (3) names, addresses, e‐mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references (not to be contacted until permission is granted).

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 26, 2019. The search committee will review and continue to receive applications until an appointment is made.

Nominations and other inquiries should be addressed to:

Walt Hitch
Chair, Search Committee
UT Plateau Research & Education Center
320 Experiment Station Road Crossville, TN 38571
E‐mail: jhitch@utk.edu
Phone: 931-484-0034

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.