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UTIA Chancellor Arrington to Retire Sept. 1

To University of Tennessee Faculty and Staff:

This message is to share with you that UT Institute of Agriculture Chancellor Larry Arrington has informed me of his decision to retire, effective Sept. 1.
 
As of that date, the Institute will be in the capable hands of UT Extension Dean Tim Cross as interim chancellor until we can find Chancellor Arrington’s successor. A national search will begin immediately, and I hope to have a candidate to recommend to the UT Board of Trustees by January 2017 and a new chancellor in place sometime during the first quarter of 2017.
 
Chancellor Arrington is a skilled leader who has very effectively guided the Institute in its service to its extremely large and wide-ranging group of stakeholders and clients. He has facilitated its great success in delivering real-life solutions to people across the state every day. He understands the great pride and attachment Tennesseans feel toward the Institute and he has done an excellent job of connecting with them and with elected officials.
 
During his time as chancellor, Dr. Arrington established a statewide advisory group of agriculture and veterinary stakeholders that enhanced advocacy with policymakers and provided the Institute with valuable feedback.
 
He also oversaw a $20.9 million – with half funded by the state – renovation of animal hospital facilities required to maintain full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education.
 
Enrollment in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has increased 40 percent over the last five years, with much of that growth coming from honor and other high-achieving students. In 2015, legislative appropriations were secured to acquire Lone Oaks Farm, a 1,200-acre site in Hardeman County that will be home to a 4-H camp to serve West Tennessee.
 
I know, from experience, being chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture is one of the best and most-rewarding leadership positions within the University. Our Institute has been in smart, capable hands with Chancellor Arrington, and I know we will have no lack of talented candidates to succeed him. Further, the Institute will be in great hands with Tim Cross as interim chancellor, and our priority will be to ensure Chancellor's Arrington's successor has the capabilities to maintain the tremendous momentum he started.
 
UT human resources will coordinate and manage the search process.
 
As Chancellor Arrington leaves the University for retirement, he will be leaving a thriving UT Institute of Agriculture that is experiencing great momentum throughout its statewide operations. I hope you will join me in thanking Chancellor Arrington and his wife, Candy, for their service to the University and to the state.
 
All the best,
 
Joe

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