Chancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Dr. Tim L. Cross, interim chancellor, previously served as Dean of University of Tennessee Extension. UT Extension is the agricultural, community and economic development, youth, and family and consumer outreach unit of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Appointed as Dean in July 2008, Dr. Cross has served the University of Tennessee as professor of agricultural economics beginning in 1994, developing and delivering educational programs concerning the economics of livestock management, animal waste management, forage production, and sustainable agriculture. Beginning in 2001, he served UT as Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean of Extension.
Dr. Cross has served on the Board on Ag Assembly, Policy Board of Directors of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, as well as on the Extension Committee on Policy (ECOP) and the ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee. He also served as the ECOP representative to the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research and Outreach Committee. He is a member of the Research, Outreach, and Economic Development Committee of the UT Board of Trustees as well as a member of the UT President’s Strategic Planning committee.
An agricultural economist by training, Dr. Cross received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Oklahoma State University in 1980 and 1982, respectively, and served as an instructor of agricultural economics, marketing and policy at Fort Hayes State University before pursuing his doctoral degree at Oregon State University. After receiving his Ph.D. from Oregon State in 1991, Dr. Cross continued to serve on the faculty of that institution as an Extension Specialist in farm management and information technology until 1994, when he came to the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Cross takes his work home with him as he and his wife Denise live on a small working farm in east Knox County, where they raised their children Jarod, Nick, Hannah and Justin.