Friends of 4-H

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Friends of 4-H 2018-06-29T13:01:27-05:00

Each year, the Tennessee 4-H program recognizes a supporter who has gone above and beyond to support 4-H Youth Development. The Tennessee 4-H Foundation honors outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed their time and resources to help young people enrolled in 4-H all over the state.

This year at Congress, we honored Dr. Joe DiPietro, the 24th president of the University of Tennessee, with the 2018 Friend of 4-H Award. DiPietro joins the ranks of other highly distinguished individuals who have supported the program throughout the years.

“I am deeply honored to have been named a friend of Tennessee 4-H. As someone who has both benefited from and gladly used my platform, first as chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture and later as president of the statewide UT system to further 4-H, this recognition is among the most meaningful honors I have ever received,” says DiPietro.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences at the University of Illinois, DiPietro pursued veterinary school. He then opened up a veterinary practice in Peotone, Illinois, a farming community with a large number of dairy farmers and horse owners. His interest in higher education was intensified during this period and he returned to the university as an instructor.

DiPietro was a model instructor and quickly filed through the ranks. Eventually, DiPietro became the Dean of the Veterinary Medicine School at the University of Florida before coming to the University of Tennessee’s agriculture program.

Dr. DiPietro understands and appreciates the reach and impact that 4-H has and has always supported it under his leadership as both the Chancellor of the Institute and as President of the University of Tennessee System.

“Our Tennessee 4-H program is the University’s featured youth development program,” says Dr. Tim Cross, chancellor of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. “Dr. DiPietro understands and appreciates the reach and impact that 4-H has and has always supported it under his leadership as both the Chancellor of the Institute and as President of the University of Tennessee System.”

During his tenure as President, DiPietro has remained heavily involved with the different organizations throughout the University’s System.

“I know the impact 4-H makes in the lives of individuals and their abilities to succeed, and on society and quality of life for all Tennesseans. I am grateful, and I will take advantage of this designation as a means of winning further support and recognition for the benefits of all that Tennessee 4-H does for our state,” explains DiPietro.

DiPietro has been both a loyal friend to the University and the Tennessee 4-H program and we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the award!

“No one can really know 4-H without direct participation in the events, activities, projects and conferences that are offered,” says Cross. “Dr. DiPietro knows the value of showing up, learning about programs and finding a way to be supportive.”


1948 W. P. Ridley, Columbia
Clyde B. Austin, Greeneville

1949 J. Frank Porter, Columbia

1950 W. H. Dilatush, Memphis

1951 Joel B. Forst, Jr. Nashville

1952 Mrs. D. W. Bond, Jackson

1953 Jim McCord, Lewisburg

1954 F. Dwight McDonald, Knoxville

1955 L.C. Jacobs, Nashville

1956 Edward (Ed) Hicks, Nashville

1957 Mouzon Peters, Chattanooga

1958 Tom J. Hitch, Columbia

1959 W. F. Moss, Nashville

1960 Buford Ellington, Nashville

1961 Clyde York, Columbia

1962 John Hembree, Memphis

1963 Jessee Safley, Nashville

1964 Leonard Rogers, Knoxville

1965 Tommy Lynn, Cookeville

1966 Walter Jones, Nashville

1967 Ross Buckley, Chattanooga

1968 Lonnie Safley, Columbia

1969 Mrs. R. H. Lee, Martin

1970 Don Spencer, Nashville

1971 Crosby Murray, Knoxville

1972 Murray Miles, Columbia

1973 Alice Jarman, Nashville

1974 Bob Battle, Nashville

1975 Arch E. McClanahan, Nashville

1976 Robert W. Basse, Nashville
Webster Pendergrass, Knoxville

1977 Bill Bennett, Nashville

1978 J. C. Hunley, Nashville

1979 James S. Putnam, Columbia

1980 K. C. Dodson, Columbia

1981 Robert W. Gilliam, Nashville

1982 George S. Foster, Nashville
J. Franklin Nix, LaVergne

1983 Ted Vaughn, Nashville

1984 Bill Walker, Brownsville

1985 Robert Primm, Cincinnati, OH

1986 Howard Simmons, Knoxville
Harold Smith, Martin

1987 Roy Palk, Carthage
W. W. Armistead, Knoxville

1988 Frank Perkins, Nashville

1989 Linda Carmen, Nashville

1990 William E. Bailey, Nashville
M. Lloyd Downen, Knoxville

1991 Judy Basse, Nashville

1992 Bill and Ruth Hale, Charlston
Joe Johnson, Knoxville

1993 Raymond E. Ingram, Nashville Ray Wilson, LaVergne

1994 Tommy Burks, Monterey

1995 Tom Purkey, Nashville

1996 A. C. Clark, Cookeville

1997 Jim Rainey, Gallatin
Ben Powell, Knoxville

1998 Dan Wheeler, Nashville

1999 L. H. “Cotton” Ivy, Decaturville

2000 Charles Colley, South Fulton

2001 Charles Darnell, Lafayette

2002 Martha Jo Tolley, Knoxville

2003 Mike Keel, Knoxville

2004 Joe Jackson, Nashville
George Criss, Knoxville

2005 Jack Britt, Knoxville

2006 Flavius Barker, Dunlap

2007 Phil Bredesen, Nashville

2008 Bob Brinkmann, Manchester

2009 Alice Ann Moore, Blaine Waymon Hickman, Columbia

2010 Joe Johnson, Knoxville

2011 Jim Byford, Martin

2012 Joe Huffine, Murfreesboro

2013 Lacy UpChurch, Columbia

2014 Bart Krisle, LaVergne

2015 Steve Sutton, Knoxville

2016 Ruth Henderson McQueen

2017 George Brown