Winters appointed interim executive director of research, outreach and economic development

Dr. Todd Winters, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, has been appointed interim executive director of research, outreach and economic development at the University of Tennessee at Martin, effective April 1.

Winters will be responsible for working with the UT System’s Office of Government Relations and Advocacy in support of regional and state relationships; oversight and compliance of university-sponsored programs and grants; the promotion and coordination of outreach activities including non-degree programs; and will report directly to UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver.

“We are very excited to have someone of his experience in seeking grants and overseeing undergraduate research in this role,” said Carver. “Dean Winters is one of the most active members on campus in terms of seeking external funding and writing grants, so in this interim role, it will be great to have someone with his background and knowledge.”

Winters will replace Dr. Charley Deal who is the newly appointed vice chancellor for university advancement. Deal has served as the executive director of research, outreach and economic development since February 2019and will assume his new responsibilities as vice chancellor April 1.

“Dr. Deal and staff have done a wonderful job of building the ROED office. We hope to continue growing UT Martin’s footprint as an economic engine for the region and continue to engage the community adjusting to their needs as they recover from this current pandemic. We also want to continue to grow our research and scholarly activities at the university, which in turn will positively impact the region, nation and earth as a whole,” said Winters.

Winters began his career at UT Martin in 2013 and teaches courses in animal genetics and reproduction, and lectures in nutritional endocrinology, agricultural biotechnology and dairy management. As college dean, Winters has gained experience in outreach and economic development in rural communities and has a strong research background in both grantsmanship and scholarly activity.

“I’m dedicated to serving UT Martin and West Tennessee to the best of my abilities.  I believe I have the passion, knowledge and work ethic to do a good job,” said Winters.

For more information, contact the Office of Research, Outreach and Economic Development at 731-881-7015.