Our History

UT Extension has a rich history of serving the people of Tennessee by helping to improve their quality of life and solve problems through the application of research and evidenced-based knowledge about agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community development.

Learn about our history in the two publications below that document our first seventy-five years.

Celebrating 75 Years – Proud Past…Promising Future

Celebrating 75 Year – Personnel Directory

Extension Deans through the Years
UT Extension History – Deans

UT Extension Deans through the years:
(listed top to bottom)

Dr. M. Lloyd Downen
Dr. William D. Bishop
Dr. Vernon W. Darter
Dr. C.E. Brehm
Dr. J.H. McLeod
Dr. Charles A. Keffer