UT AgResearch appoints assistant dean
Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 8:01 pm
KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has appointed Dr. Stephen P. Oliver as assistant dean for research and assistant director of the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Oliver, who retains his rank as professor in the UT Department of Animal Science, assumed his new responsibilities in June.
In his new position, Dr. Oliver will manage research programs at the 10 statewide AgResearch and Education centers and seven academic departments and will coordinate development of field days and technology transfer events. He will also promote AgResearch relationships with commodity groups, state and federal agencies and professional groups. Dr. Oliver has already been on the scene at events at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Knoxville and the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center in Springfield.
Dr. Bill Brown, dean of UT AgResearch, lauds Dr. Oliver’s appointment as a step forward for UT AgResearch programs. “Steve brings a great deal of academic and research experience and success to this position,” said Brown. “His success in grantsmanship, intellectual property development and protection and publication will assist faculty and UTIA in advancing our programs.”
Dr. Oliver is looking forward to the challenges that his new position will bring. “I am excited about growing the UT AgResearch enterprise and I look forward to working with faculty, staff and administrators to identify new and emerging areas of research at the federal, state and industry level to support innovative and interdisciplinary research activities of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture,” he said.
A member of the faculty since 1984, Dr. Oliver is well known on campus, throughout the state, nationally and internationally for his dairy research programs. He has served as director of the Tennessee Quality Milk Laboratory since 2006 and prior to that was co-director of the UT Food Safety Center of Excellence. Among his numerous awards and recognitions, Dr. Oliver is a recipient of 2009 Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement and a two-time recipient of the Buford E. Ellington Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Teaching, Research and Service to the Department of Animal Science. He also received the 2004 Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Team Research Award of Merit for participation involvement with the Cloning Research Team and is the 2001 recipient of the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Alliance Research Award.
Dr. Oliver is recognized as the founding and current editor-in-chief of Foodborne Pathogens & Disease, a peer-reviewed publication, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Mastitis Council. He is also a member of the American Dairy Science Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He holds numerous U.S. patents related to his work with the Streptococcus uberis adhesion molecule. S. uberis is a pathogen associated with bovine mastitis.
Dr. Oliver replaces Dr. John Wilkerson, a professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. Dr. Wilkerson had served as interim assistant dean for 2.5 years and is returning to his nationally recognized teaching and research program.
In addition to the UT AgResearch programs and its statewide system of research and education centers, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
Published in The Messenger 7.6.10