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About UT Extension and Our Leadership

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the UT Extension website. Whether helping agricultural producers operate prosperous enterprises, empowering families to successfully address the social determinants of health, or providing youth with the hands-on learning experiences needed to transition into successful adults, UT Extension is here for you. Our staff work hard every day to make Tennessee a better place to live, work and raise a family. With employees located in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties, more than a dozen academic departments and centers, and four 4-H Youth Development Centers, our team of over 1,000 staff members are focused on serving the people of Tennessee and beyond. Our website is designed to help you connect with your local Extension professionals. Our goal is to deliver educational programming that helps you make informed decisions and identify solutions to improve your everyday life.

Scott Senseman Profile Page
Scott Senseman
Interim Dean And Professor

Our Mission

UT Extension’s mission is to help Tennesseans improve their quality of life and solve problems through the application of research and evidence based knowledge about agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community development.

Our Vision

UT Extension is the premier educational organization for all Tennesseans. Extension increases economic prosperity, improves environmental sustainability, and enhances well-being in rural and urban communities.


About Extension

Follow any road in Tennessee and you’ll find people whose lives have been influenced by UT Extension’s educational programs. Extension agents live and work in every county in the state. They help people solve problems and lead richer, more productive lives. Agents are the two-way link between Tennesseans, both urban and rural, and the University of Tennessee. UT Extension has a 110-year history of evolving to meet the changing needs of the state. As the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture, UT Extension provides a gateway to the resources of the University of Tennessee. UT Extension is a county-based, statewide educational organization that is funded by federal, state, and local governments to achieve the mission of providing unbiased, research-based information to the people of Tennessee where they live and work. Because Extension emphasizes helping people improve their livelihood where they are located, most Tennesseans have contact with UT Extension through their local county Extension agents found in each of the state’s 95 counties. Extension agents are supported by a network of university faculty and subject matter specialists and the educational and research resources of the University of Tennessee as part of the Land Grant University system.

Our Core Values

UT Extension serves society using high quality educational programs that improve Tennessee’s quality of life, economy and environment. UT Extension employees, volunteers and partners are people of integrity. In all of our efforts, we value communication and responsiveness.

Our Organizational Principles

As UT Extension we …

  • Are the gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture.
  • Are a statewide educational organization with an office in every county.
  • Are members of a team that includes employees, volunteers and partners.
  • Are responsible for advancing Tennessee and committed to team decisions.
  • Are public servants who make wise decisions regarding time and resources.
  • Encourage listening and mutual respect.
  • Support diversity and inclusivity in people and programs.
  • Use technology and promote lifelong learning to improve the lives, environment and economy for all Tennesseans.
  • Strive for excellence in all things.

State Leadership

Mike Buschermohle Profile Page
Mike Buschermohle
Interim Assistant Dean, Extension Administration
Justin Crowe Profile Page
Justin Crowe
Director / 4-H State Program Leader, Extension Administration
Matthew J Devereaux Profile Page
Matthew J Devereaux
Interim Asst Dean & Professor, Extension Administration
Timothy P Fawver Profile Page
Timothy P Fawver
Chief Business Officer, Extension Administration
Shirley W Hastings Profile Page
Shirley W Hastings
Professor, Extension Administration
John J Toman Profile Page
John J Toman
Interim Director, Extension Evaluation and Staff Development

Extension Administrative Staff

Eastern Region Leadership

Mitch Beaty Profile Page
Mitch Beaty
Ext Area Specialist III, Eastern Region Office
Linda K Bower Profile Page
Linda K Bower
Ext Program Leader III, Eastern Region Office
David Perrin Profile Page
David Perrin
Ext Regional Director, Eastern Region Office
Ty Petty Profile Page
Ty Petty
Ext Program Leader I, Eastern Region Office

Central Region Leadership

Jamie Harris Profile Page
Jamie Harris
Ext Area Specialist III, Central Region Office
Martin R Koon Jr Profile Page
Martin R Koon Jr
Ext Program Leader II, Central Region Office
Natalie Owens Profile Page
Natalie Owens
Extension Specialist I, Family and Consumer Sciences
James G Stewart Profile Page
James G Stewart
Ext Regional Director, Central Region Office

Western Region Leadership

Danita Lynn Brookins Profile Page
Danita Lynn Brookins
Ext Program Leader III, Western Region Office
Jerry Don Lamb Profile Page
Jerry Don Lamb
Ext Regional Director, Western Region Office
F Neal Smith Profile Page
F Neal Smith
Ext Area Specialist III, Western Region Office
Tracey L. Sullivan Profile Page
Tracey L. Sullivan
Ext Program Leader I, Western Region Office