UTIA Names Xin as New Dean for AgResearch

November 29, 2018

Dr. Hongwei Xin has been named as the new dean for AgResearch at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) effective May 2019.  He currently serves as the assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

“Dr. Xin has been a friend, leader and dependable researcher to UEP and the egg community for more than 20 years,” said UEP President Chad Gregory. “In 2004, UEP created an independent Environmental Scientific Panel (ESP) with the goal of recommending viable, proven environmental techniques, strategies and management practices for our members to consider implementing on their farms.   Dr. Xin was the obvious choice to chair that environmental panel of diverse experts and he still chairs that panel today.  His leadership, research and scientific recommendations through the years have been immeasurable.   Hopefully, UEP can continue to collaborate with Dr. Xin in his new role, and we wish him and his family all the best.”

Xin also serves on numerous scientific advisory boards and committees for academia, industry organizations, and government agencies at the state, national and international levels.  He has been instrumental in global capacity building and collaborations toward sustainable animal production.

In a letter to staff and stakeholders announcing Xin’s appointment, Tim Cross, UTIA chancellor, noted Xin’s deep understanding of the land-grant mission and collaborative style. Cross wrote, ”Hongwei comes to UTIA with an international reputation for research and academic leadership. His work has had major impacts on U.S. and global animal agriculture and has produced significant contributions to scientific literature and engineering practices related to animal production systems.” Xin has served as the principal or co-principal investigator of more than $23.7 million in competitive grants and contracts for research, Extension and education programs.