Six Candidates Identified for UT Agriculture Post (200)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Six educators have been identified as finalists for the University of Tennessee’s vice president for agriculture.

 Eli Fly, UT’s executive vice president who is heading the search advisory committee, said it is hoped an appointment will be made by June 30, when Dr. D.M. “Pete” Gossett will retire.

 The candidates will begin interviews with UT faculty, staff and students in about two weeks, he said.

UT President Joe Johnson will submit his recommendation for the vice presidency to the university’s board of trustees for its consideration, Fly said.

 Finalists are:

Dr. Jack Britt, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

Dr. D.C. Coston, associate director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station and interim associate director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

Dr. Ray Humberd, associate dean of UT’s Agricultural Extension Service.

Dr. Thomas Klindt, associate dean of UT’s Agricultural Experiment Station.

Dr. John Nye, who heads the college of agriculture and agricultural extension and experiment programs for the University of Delaware.

Dr. Fred Tompkins, associate dean of engineering at UT-Knoxville.

 “There was a strong pool of applicants, and the committee is pleased with this group of finalists,” Fly said.

 Contact: Eli Fly (423-974-2243)