UT’s Homer Fisher Receives “Muddy Boot” Economic Award

KNOXVILLE — Homer Fisher, University of Tennessee senior vice president emeritus and director of UT’s Oak Ridge Operations, was honored recently by the East Tennessee Economic Council for his career in public service.

Homer Fisher

ETEC’s annual “Muddy Boot” award is given to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of work to improve the community, the state and the nation.

The awards were presented by Congressmen John J. Duncan Jr. and Zach Wamp.

Gerald Boyd, manager of the Oak Ridge Operations Office of the Department of Energy, also was honored with the award.

Fisher serves as UT’s primary liaison in Oak Ridge, working through the UT-Battelle agreement and a number of community organizations including the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation.

Fisher served in several administrative positions at UT before retiring as senior vice president at the end of 1999, concluding 22 years of service at UT and a total of 38 years of work in higher education. His service includes positions at Florida State University and Auburn University, where he earned two degrees.

During the year prior to his UT retirement, Fisher and Bill Madia of Battelle led the successful effort of UT-Battelle to win the contract to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

He is a member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities board of directors, as well as the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Foundation board of directors. He holds memberships on the boards of Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Pro2Serve. Other service includes: co-chair of the Y-12 Community Relations Council; former board chairman of the East Tennessee Economic Council; former chairman and chair-elect of Technology 2020; former board chairman of Tennessee Technology Development Corporation; executive committee member and past chair of the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee; and executive committee member and former council president of the Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Boyd was named manager of the U.S. Department of Energy-s (DOE) Oak Ridge Operations (ORO) in January 2003. He is responsible for an annual $2 billion DOE program in science at ORNL, and environmental management, assets utilization, and uranium programs at the Oak Ridge Reservation. ORO also provides support to the Y-12 National Security Complex managed by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Boyd previously served as assistant manager for environmental management for ORO from February 2002. He was responsible for managing an $800 million annual program in environmental cleanup and waste management underway at DOE’s energy research, production, and surplus facilities in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Missouri.

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Environmental Professionals. He is listed in the international Who-s Who of Public Service. Boyd has received numerous awards for his work, including a Presidential Rank Award for advancement of environmental science and technology at DOE and a Meritorious Service Award for contributions to emergency management at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a member of the boards for the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the East Tennessee Economic Council.

Contact: Nicole Allen (865-483-4577)
Jay Mayfield (865-974-9409)
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