Dr. Justin Rhinehart named Interim Dean of UT Extension

Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Justin Rhinehart has been named Interim Dean of Extension beginning May 9, announces Dr. Keith Carver, senior vice chancellor and senior vice president of the University of Tennessee (UT) Institute of Agriculture. Additionally, he will maintain his current involvement with Extension agriculture, natural resources, and community economic development. Justin will replace Ashley Stokes, who is stepping into a faculty role with the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Justin is a native of Loudon County where his family managed a diversified farming operation, raising livestock and growing tobacco and nursery crops. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from UT in 1999 in agriculture and Extension education. He also holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from the University of Kentucky and West Virginia University, respectively. He served as assistant Extension professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University before joining the UT Department of Animal Science in 2010. 

While employed as an Extension beef cattle specialist, Justin worked to translate research findings into management practices that improve the profitability of beef production and the quality of life for beef cattle farmers. He received the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Charles and Patricia Goan Excellence in Customer Service Award in 2021. 

A national search for the new dean of UT Extension will take place in the fall.

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