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College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

The Tennessee Technological University Agricultural Foundation focuses its resources on ways to enhance the education and college experience for students enrolled in any discipline within the College of Agriculture. Founded in 1972, the Foundation:

  • Brings together former students and graduates of Tennessee Tech with leaders in business, education and state and local governments to contribute and raise financial resources to support students;
  • Expands the awareness of the Tennessee Tech College of Agriculture with business and government leaders;
  • And, Recognizes the accomplishments of the College of Agriculture's Finest.

The Foundation awards almost $25,000 each year in scholarships and awards to Tennessee Tech Students.

The Foundation also provides volunteers and financial resources to support many activities of the College of Agriculture such as the Academic Bowl, recognition for State and National FFA Officers, a Student Recognition Banquet, and Student Recruitment Efforts.

The Foundation Board includes: Jimmy Allen, Co-Executive Director and George Boyd, Co-Executive Director; John Basinger, Melissa Bratton, Kathy Daugherty, Mitzi Dunham, Alan Galloway, Chris Hampton, Chris Hicks, Jimmie Loftis, Matthew McClanahan, Jack McDaniel, Brian McLerran, Gene Medley, Wayne Moss, Chelsea Rose, President, and Davis Watts.

You too can make a difference in the life of a student by sending your tax-deductible contribution today to:
Tennessee Tech Agricultural Foundation
Attn: Jimmy Allen, Executive Director
Tennessee Technological University
Box 5165
Cookeville, TN 38505.


Board of Directors

Board of Directors (partial present) Back left to right: Dr. George Boyd (Co-Executive Director), Davis Watts, Matthew McClanahan, Jerry Bellar, Chris Hampton, Tom Pointer, and John Basinger.
Front left to right: Jimmie Loftis, Chelsea Rose (President), Kathy Daugherty, and Jimmy Allen (Co-Executive Director).

Dr. Philip Oldham, TTU President Dr. Liz Mullens, Dean of the College of Ag & Human Ecology
Jimmy Allen, Co-Executive Director, Ag Foundation Chelsea Rose, President, Ag Foundation
John Adam Turner, Ag Student Connie Mcbride accepting Distinguished Alum Award on behalf of her brother

2014 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Avert Hayden Brown, Jr.

Dr. Brown attended Tennessee Tech earning his Bachelor's degree in Animal Husbandry in 1968. After graduting from Tech he became the Assistant Extension Agent in Jamestown, TN and held that position for six years. Yearning for more, he later enrolled at UT in 1974 and received a Master's Degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics and from there proceeded to earn his Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics in 1976. Over the years he has written over thirty articles published in the Refereed Professional Journal. Dr. Brown was a true professional always striving to achieve more. His many years of service and dedication to the Ag profession have not gone unnoticed and in result have earned him this year's title of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni.