The Institute of Agriculture is headquartered on the Knoxville campus of the University and has a strong presence in all 95 Tennessee counties.  The primary responsibilities of the position are to promote academic, research and outreach excellence and to provide leadership and administration to the Institute.  The SVC/SVP will develop and execute plans for growing enrollments, developing curriculum that meets the needs workforce needs, elevating the national reputation of the UTIA. The SVC/SVP is responsible for planning, implementing and leading strong, progressive programs of excellence of the Institute delivered through HCA, CVM, UT Extension, and UT Ag Research.

The SVC/SVP is expected to provide visionary leadership in strategic initiatives that enhance the reputation and impact of the Institute of Agriculture and the university, provide administrative excellence that guides fiscal management and operations of the Institute. This position is responsible for shared governance, and engagement of the University with the wider community.  The SVC/SVP establishes and maintains productive relationships on behalf of the Institute with state government, agricultural industries, veterinary organizations and professionals, forest and natural resources industries and agencies, the Tennessee congressional delegation and federal agencies.  The SVC/SVP champions a culture of engagement and belonging by providing leadership in an environment that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. The SVC/SVP possesses a deep commitment to these values and demonstrates action and accountability in advancing strategies to support them at all levels of the University.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Articulate and execute a strategic vision and long-term goals for the Institute.
  • Assume fiscal authority/leadership for the Institute.
  • Promote a culture that is welcoming to all by leading the Institute’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Expand the academic reach of the institute and develop an innovative academic program portfolio that effectively meets the current and future needs of the state.
  • Provide direction and incentives for research, creative achievement and service.
  • Foster interdisciplinary approaches to undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Create innovative and effective programs across the Institute.
  • Support UT Extension in providing research and evidence-based knowledge about agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development and community economic development to meet the needs of Tennesseans.
  • Ensure the veterinary clinical and diagnostic services meet the needs of the state; position the College of Veterinary Medicine as a leader among its peers.
  • Nurture relationships with other University programs and with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Maintain a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship with other UT campuses in the implementation of agricultural and natural resource-related curricula and programs.
  • Direct the recruitment, development and retention of high-performing faculty, department heads, deans and staff.
  • Lead the Institute’s advancement activities.
  • Fosters development of international programs and initiatives with faculty and students within the Institute; establish the Institution as a leader among peers in international programs.
  • Chairs the UT Commission on Agriculture.


Apply or Nominate

For priority consideration, please forward a CV or resume, letter of interest, or nominations of appropriate candidates before December 6, 2021 to:

Paul H.L. Chou & Rosa Morris
Global Education Practice
Korn Ferry