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Advancing Tennessee

Tim Cross, Dean of Extension

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Welcome to UT Extension. I have been part of UT Extension since 1994, serving first as an Extension specialist in agricultural economics, then as assistant and associate dean of agriculture and natural resources. In July 2008, I became Dean of UT Extension.

In the years that I have been privileged to work for UT Extension, I have witnessed firsthand the positive impacts our Extension programs have on the lives of Tennessee citizens. Every day in every county across the state, our agents, specialists and staff work to address issues, concerns and problems facing farmers, families and 4-H youth.

Our programs help farmers and forest owners increase their profitability, make wise use of natural resources, maintain a safe and nutritious food supply and enhance the quality of life for farm and rural residents.

Our family and consumer sciences program addresses family needs such as parenting, nutrition, child care, family financial management, indoor air quality, elder and consumer fraud prevention, wellness, sustainable housing and children's environmental health.

Tennessee 4-H is the state's largest youth development program. Each year more than 350,000 youth, ages nine to 19, participate in programs that guide in developing and enhancing their life skills. These young people will become the leaders of tomorrow.

At this site, you also can view information such as our annual report, budgets, minutes from meetings, policies and procedures, and messages from the dean's office.


Biographical Information                   
  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Oregon State, 1991
  • M.S., Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State, 1982
  • B.S., Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State, 1980
Professional Experience:
  • Dean, UT Extension, 2008 to present
  • Associate Dean, UT Extension, 2006 to 2008
  • Assistant Dean, UT Extension, 2001 to 2006
  • Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, UT Extension, 1994 to 2001
  • Extension Specialist, Farm Management, Oregon State University, 1984 to 1994
  • Instructor, Agricultural Economics, Fort Hays State University, 1983 to 1984
State of Extension                             

2011 Annual Report


Regional Directors and Program
Leader Information                            

Advisory Council Information          
The State Extension Advisory Council is the stakeholder group that advises UT Extension and the Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Program. Members of the council are local leaders who are interested in strengthening Extension and targeting Extension programs to new and emerging issues. This input is instrumental in planning and conducting statewide Extension initiatives.