2009 Tillman Scholar
As a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer Third Class Arthur Leal provided medical care to civilians and active duty military members. He studied at the University of Arkansas, continuing his journey in the sciences while studying pre-veterinary medicine and animal science. Arthur’s passion was to continue his focus on medicine and use both his in-class and field experiences to further his education to become a physician’s assistant.
Arthur took his love for the Arkansas Razorbacks with him to the University of Florida, where he completed his Ph.D. in agricultural education and communication. In 2016, Arthur joined the University of Tennessee as assistant professor of agricultural leadership, education and communications, and spearheaded the development of the communications program. His impact to students was vast, and in 2017 he won the John Riley Life Impact Award for his positive impact, excellence in his work, and true difference he made in students’ and faculty’s lives.
Arthur sadly left us in April of 2019. His community misses him deeply and is a part of carrying on his legacy.