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January 26, 2023 | Tom Ballard

UT announces changes in top leadership at the Institute of Agriculture

UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver was just named Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President of UTIA.

University of Tennessee (UT) System President Randy Boyd and UT, Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman announced leadership transitions Thursday at the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President Carrie Castille will become a special advisor to the Boyd, and Keith Carver, Chancellor at UT at Martin, will serve as the new leader UTIA.

Pending approval by the UT Board of Trustees, Carver will begin his new role, which is described as a two-year limited-duration appointment to provide stability and leadership to the institute, on March 1. UTIA provides solutions to problems across the state through UT Extension, UT AgResearch, UT College of Veterinary Medicine, and THE Herbert College of Agriculture.

“We appreciate Carrie’s service and are very excited to have Keith move into this statewide role with UTIA,” said Boyd in this UT news release. “His experience across the UT system, collaborative spirit and his deep appreciation for UT’s land grant mission made him an obvious choice for this role.”

“Agriculture is central to Tennessee’s economy and way of life,” said Plowman. “Keith will hit the ground running and support the important work happening all across UTIA. I look forward to working with him in this new way. I appreciate the energy and passion for agriculture that Carrie has and wish her all the best in her new pursuits.”

UT Martin Provost Phillip Cavalier will serve as Interim Chancellor at UT Martin, and the university will launch a search for a new Chancellor in the coming weeks.


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