KNOXVILLE — The Executive Committee of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has approved the naming of the UTCVM College of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Hospital in honor of longtime benefactors Charles and the late Julie Wharton. Trustees held their winter meeting at the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials on UT’s Cherokee Farm campus in Knoxville.
The denomination recognizes the significant philanthropic support that Wharton, a graduate of Tickle College of Engineering in 1965, has given to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, including the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT Extension, UT AgResearch, Herbert College of Agriculture , the Tickle College of Engineering and UT Athletics. Wharton is President and CEO of Poplar Creek Farms LLC and HC, Inc.
Wharton recently established the Charles and Julie Wharton Large Animal Endowment to extend its support for UTCVM, which dates back to the late 1980s when the Whartons’ pet English bulldogs received care from the Veterinary Medical Center.
Dr. Jim Thompson, Dean of UTCVM, praises the impact of the Whartons’ generosity. “We are deeply grateful for the longstanding support of Charles and Julie Wharton,” said Thompson. “Their philanthropic support of UT and in particular the major animal and equine facilities at UTCVM has been transformational. It is only fitting that our major animal hospital now bears the names of two of our most ardent supporters.
The intensive care unit at UT Equine Hospital already bears the names of Charles and Julie Wharton. The Whartons’ transformational philanthropic support will propel the great animal hospital to continue to be at the forefront of medical care for horses and farm animals. The Charles and Julie Wharton Large Animal Hospital comprises the Equine Hospital, Farm Animal Hospital and Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center and serves horses and cattle and a wide variety of species including sheep, goats, pigs and other large animals.
The state-of-the-art 85,000 square foot large animal hospital provides the most advanced technologies available for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of horses and farm animals.
Julie Wharton served on the UTCVM Advisory Board from its inception until her death in 2008 and was a founding member of the UT Alliance of Women in Philanthropy. She also served on Thompson’s hiring committee.
Charles Wharton is currently a member of the UT President’s Council and an associate member of the UTCVM Advisory Board. He is a past member of the UT Board of Trustees, UT Foundation Board, UTIA Advancement Board, UTAA Board of Governors, UTAA Board of Support, ‘UTSI, the UTAA BOG Annual Giving Standing Committee and the UT Research Foundation Board and past chair of the UT Development Board among other leadership roles. His pro bono leadership provides influential assistance on educational issues at the institutional and state levels, with a focus on access and opportunities for Tennesseans in higher education.
In 2017, Charles Wharton received the UTIA Meritorious Service Award. He received the Alumni Service Award in 2012 and in 2009 the Development Council Service Award.
UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine is part of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.