Templeton and Zimbrick Join UTIA Office of Institutional Advancement

Feb 21, 2022


Jai Templeton and Laura Zimbrick will join the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) in the coming weeks to assist the Office of Institutional Advancement. 
Jai Templeton brings executive leadership experience to the team as the director of advancement located in West Tennessee. Templeton’s lifelong passion for agriculture, his grassroots connections, and his business pedigree complement his time as a community-minded public servant. Templeton previously served as the State Commissioner of Agriculture under former Governor Bill Haslam. As director, he will seek to develop long-term relationships on behalf of UTIA constituents to advance all aspects of the Institute through engagement, philanthropy, and advocacy.  
He will work closely with the Lone Oaks Farm Advisory Council and other key leadership groups. Templeton’s collaboration with advancement members across the state will prove beneficial to the Institute and its units. 
Laura Zimbrick joins the Institute as the assistant director of advancement – alumni relations in the UT College of Veterinary Medicine. Zimbrick has two decades of executive experience in the marketing and hospitality industries, including several years with the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and most recently, the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. Working with the Director of Advancement at CVM and UTIA staff across the state, Zimbrick will lead initiatives to create an atmosphere of engagement for CVM alumni, friends, and soon-to-be graduates. She will provide leadership to the CVM Alumni Council as well as oversee philanthropic initiatives in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding philanthropists of CVM and others across the Institute. 
The UTIA Office of Institutional Advancement partners with the UT Foundation, Inc., to enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university. With office locations in Knoxville, Spring Hill and Jackson, the office mirrors the footprint of the Institute to best assist constituents and enhance the Herbert College of Agriculture, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, and UT Extension. 
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