New UTIA AgResearch Associate Deans Announced


We are very pleased to announce that Drs. David White and Tim Rials have accepted the positions of Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station (UT AgResearch). Drs. Rials and White bring extensive experience and success in leading research programs, both as individuals and in team environments. They have proven success in working with federal, state, and local agencies, private companies, and clientele groups in highly competitive environments, always with a focus on meeting the needs of our clientele.

Dr. White comes to UTIA most recently from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he served as Chief Science Officer & Research Director, Office of Foods & Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, Dave was a faculty member at North Dakota State University where his program focused on veterinary and microbiological sciences. He has extensive experience with federal agencies and has provided input and leadership to the development of competitive grant programs and strategic priorities across multiple federal agencies. Dave began his new role late August.

Dr. Rials moves to the AgResearch office from the Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC) . He joined UTIA in 2001, first as director of the Tennessee Forest Products Center then as director of the CRC with the shift in focus and name change in 2010. Tim has successfully led many highly competitive, team-based awards from the USDA/NIFA, DOE, DOT, and FAA and has extensive experience working with private partners. Tim began his new role on August 1.

We believe that UTIA programs are poised to move to an even greater level in terms of developing solutions to problems and challenges facing our stakeholders. Due to UTIA’s structure and funding model, we are in an excellent position to address these grand challenges through trans-disciplinary approaches that span departments and functions. Tim and Dave will work across departments, academic programs, research, extension, veterinary medicine, UT Knoxville, and other institutions to facilitate responses to federal, state, and local opportunities. They will seek new partnerships with private industry, continue our strong commitment to commodity groups, and agricultural and natural resource producers, and build a stronger relationship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Please welcome Dave and Tim to UTIA and their new roles. Also, please reach out to them in cases where you believe they can provide assistance to your program.

Bill Brown, Dean, UT AgResearch