Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Carrie Castille leads the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) in the dual role of senior vice chancellor for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and senior vice president for the University of Tennessee System.

As senior vice president, Castille oversees key relationships with agricultural partners across the state, nation and around the world. She works closely with UT System and government relations representatives on any proposed policies regarding agriculture and natural resources that involve the state of Tennessee or US governmental agencies.

As senior vice chancellor, Castille is responsible for an enterprise with more than 2,800 full-time employees including 217 tenure-track faculty, nearly 40,000 acres of land, and a budget with annual expenditures exceeding $210 million. Castille serves as UTIA’s chief academic officer providing leadership to the Herbert College of Agriculture, College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, and UT Extension, and is the university’s chief spokesperson on agriculture and natural resource issues. She is also fully responsible for the administration and management of the Institute’s units, including the Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture, Extension offices in 95 counties, four 4-H Centers, ten agricultural research and educational centers, and three locations of the State Botanical Garden.

Prior to joining the Institute, Castille served as a presidential appointee in three different roles, most recently as the first female director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the federal science agency within the US Department of Agriculture. Before that, she was appointed to the National Agriculture Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board for USDA. During that time, she served as chair of the advisory board and was a delegate to the Association of Public and Land-grant University’s Council for Agriculture Research, Extension and Teaching. She was also a consultant at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Research Foundation and the USA Rice Federation. During her tenure she has served under two US presidents and two secretaries of agriculture.

A native of Louisiana and first-generation college graduate, Castille holds a PhD in renewable natural resources with an emphasis on environmental and public policy from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science in environmental studies from LSU, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was the first woman to be inducted into the LSU engineering hall of fame and was the first female state director of Louisiana rural development.