Tim Cross Named New UTIA Chancellor

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture have new chancellors after a called Board of Trustees meeting Thursday afternoon.

Trustees approved President Joe DiPietro’s recommendations that Beverly Davenport be appointed the next chancellor for UT Knoxville and that Tim Cross be appointed the next UT Institute of Agriculture chancellor.

“Both UT Knoxville and the Institute of Agriculture are among the most visible and impactful institutions within the UT system and the state of Tennessee,” DiPietro said. “I am confident their new chancellors are the strong, effective leaders who can lead them forward.”

Cross has served as interim chancellor of the agriculture institute since September, when former Chancellor Larry Arrington stepped down after five years. Cross’ almost 23-year career at UT includes serving as dean of UT Extension from 2008 to 2016 and assistant dean from 2001 to 2006. He also served as professor of agricultural economics for three years and associate professor for four years prior.

Before coming to UT in 1994, Cross spent 11 years at Oregon State University as assistant professor of agricultural and resources economics and as an instructor. He also served as an instructor in the department of agriculture at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Cross earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University and a doctoral degree in agricultural and resources economics from Oregon State University.

“I’ve heard Dr. DiPietro say for several years now that it’s the best job in the system so why wouldn’t I want this job?” Cross said.

The University of Tennessee is a statewide system of higher education with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis; the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT system manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership; enrolls about 50,000 students statewide; produces about 10,000 new graduates every year; and represents more than 360,000 alumni around the world.