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Remembering Dr. John B. Riley

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics has lost a great friend in the passing of Dr. John B. Riley. We will always remember John as a friend, colleague, mentor, advisor and teacher. John came to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) in 1995 as Dean and then returned to the classroom four years later in our department. He is best known for his love for his students; whether it was in the classroom teaching them principles of marketing and finance, advising them one-on-one or leading our National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA) Student Marketing team it was always evident. John was recognized for outstanding advising and teaching by not only our own CASNR but also by NAMA where they awarded him the outstanding adviser award and then renamed the award in his honor.

Obituary for Dr. John B. Riley

Dr. John Riley

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

The University of Tennessee
302 Morgan Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4518
Phone: (865) 974-7465
Fax: (865) 974-7484

Professional Interest

  • Agribusiness Management and Marketing, Agricultural Finance

Department Responsibilities

  • Internship Coordinator for Undergraduate Program
  • Placement Coordinator
  • Undergraduate Student Recruitment
  • Advisor to NAMA Marketing Team
  • Advisor to NAMA/Agribusiness Club
  • Student Advisor


  • AGEC 310 - The Job Search Process
  • AGEC 355 - Agribusiness Marketing and Professional Selling
  • AGEC 412 - Agricultural Finance
  • AGEC 442 - Agribusiness Management
  • AGEC 503 - Managerial Economics in Agribusiness

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Agricultural Economics
  • M.S. & B.S., Virginia Tech, Agricultural Economics