The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has named William F. Brown Dean for Research and Director of the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station.
As Dean of one of four units of the UT Institute of Agriculture, Brown will coordinate the research programs of some 130 agricultural and natural resource faculty in seven academic departments. In addition, he will oversee the management of 10 research facilities operated in strategic locations across the state.
Brown’s appointment is effective July 1. He has served as Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, along with Program Director of the Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture Research Program and Co-Director of the Center for Tropical Agriculture at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Since 2002, the off-shore exclusion or mitigation of invasive alien species threats to Florida has been a major focus of the Center’s activities.
In an e-mail announcing Brown’s appointment to Institute faculty and staff, UT Vice-President for Agriculture Joseph DiPietro wrote, “We look forward to the transition of TAES to his leadership as he brings a wealth of academic, research, administrative, and leadership talents and experiences to the position.”
The Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station is among the oldest in the nation, having been created in 1882 when the University moved to formally organize its “college farm” into a facility dedicated to agricultural research and technology transfer. The Experiment Station was one of only five such facilities established nearly five years before the federal government established a national system of agricultural experiment stations to assist in the development of the nation’s vital agricultural and forest resources.
More than 100 years later, Experiment Station researchers continue to study basic and applied sciences focused on food, fiber and natural resources systems. Faculty are organized into departments specializing in agricultural economics; animal science; biosystems engineering and soil science; food science and technology; entomology and plant pathology; forestry, wildlife and fisheries; and plant sciences.
Brown is no stranger to UT. Between earning his bachelor of science at the University of Florida in 1977 and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1983, Brown earned a master’s degree in animal science from what was then known as the UT College of Agriculture.
A professor of animal science, Brown has published widely in both the scientific and trade literature and has served in editorial and review capacities for a number of scholarly publications, including the Journal of Animal Science and the Journal of Production Agriculture.
Regarding his appointment, the new dean said, “I am very pleased and excited to be returning to the University of Tennessee. The UT Institute of Agriculture is composed of world-class faculty and staff who are engaged in the discovery and implementation of new knowledge and technologies that will advance agricultural production and natural resource management as well as shape Tennessee’s future.”
Brown also emphasized the important role land-grant research plays in the state’s economy. “Agriculture, natural resources and community development are important to Tennessee, and the research arm of the Institute of Agriculture is ideally suited to address both traditional and emerging needs of citizens of the great state of Tennessee,” he said.
In addition to the research programs of the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.