August 2, 2019 | By: Aimee Nielson

Antomia Farrell will permanently assume the role of assistant dean of diversity in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Farrell has served as interim director of the Office of Diversity since March 2018.

“This position is critical to the overall goals and mission of our college. Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of all our actions, as we shape a more productive college, commonwealth and nation,” said dean Nancy Cox. “I look forward to new initiatives and advances under her leadership, driven by her passion for providing enriching experiences and trainings pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

A Louisville native, Farrell earned a bachelor of science in agricultural economics from UK and a master’s degree in human development leadership from Murray State University. She will finish her doctorate in community and leadership at MSU in December.

Farrell began her career with CAFE in 2011 as a 4-H youth development extension agent in Christian County and later served as human resources specialist for the UK Cooperative Extension Service. She is an advisor to the UK chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences and also is the president-elect for the national MANRRS organization. She also serves on several UK diversity committees including the UK Women’s Forum Board, LGBTQ* Advisory Board, UK Equal Opportunity Committee and the UK Harambee Celebration Committee.

“I look forward to leading the Office of Diversity as we take an honest inventory of our college culture, work to build necessary supports and create an inclusive community where all feel equally valued,” Farrell said.


Antomia Farrell, 859-218-4800