Outstanding in Their Field

The people who make up the UT Institute of Agriculture are the driving force behind the Real. Life. Solutions. we create and deliver. Learn more about some of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni whose work sets them apart as outstanding in their field.


Rebecca Trout Fryxell

Rebecca Trout Fryxell

Associate professor of entomology is studying ways to minimize the negative impacts of arthropods on human and animal health

John Sorochan with turfgrass examples

John Sorochan

Distinguished professor of turfgrass science is researching ways to improve safety and wear tolerance of sports turf

Toni Wang standing in front of the food science building

Toni Wang

Institute professor of food science addresses challenges in food and biomaterial production


David Anderson in front of the new Teaching and Learning Center

David Anderson

UTCVM associate dean helps to innovate new tech that improves the healthcare of people and animals

Cymone Merritt standing in front of a food mural

Cymone Merritt

UT Extension agent inspires healthy lifestyle choices through education and community connections

Mary Passmore smiling with a horse

Mary Passmore

Senior veterinary technician provides nursing care to large animals and educates the next generation of veterinarians


Jimi Miller headshot

Jimi Miller

Urban Forestry student wants to educate communities on the importance of trees and green spaces in urban areas

Jordan Richardson in front of Morgan Hall holding a camera

Jordan Richardson

Undergraduate’s passion for agriculture and communications finds a home in the Herbert College of Agriculture

Aaron Onufrak in a greenhouse

Aaron Onufrak

PhD candidate studies the diseases of trees to protect forests against the threat of deadly pathogens


Samantha Beaty with her cows

Samantha Beaty

UTCVM alum (’01) protects Tennessee animals as the state veterinarian and assistant commissioner for animal health

Luke Hadden

Luke Hadden

Forestry alum (’14) works to conserve more than 250,000 acres of forest in East Tennessee

Will Freeman

Will Freeman

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications alum (’16) supports rural small businesses and farmers with USDA