Brian Carroll, the dietetic internship director at the University of Tennessee at Martin and a lecturer in the UTM Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dietician and Nutritionist Examiners by Gov. Bill Lee.
Lee appointed Carroll to the position on July 6 as a representative of registered dieticians and nutritionists. The appointment was effective immediately, with the term expiring on June 30, 2026.
“I consider it very important to ensure that Tennessee’s boards and commissions are filled with the most dedicated and qualified citizens,” Lee wrote in the letter of appointment to Carroll. “I believe that your participation is certain to leave a positive impact on this board and the work it does.”
A native of Pinckneyville, Illinois, and a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carroll joined the UT Martin staff in October 2013. He is a fellow in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, past president of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is the president-elect for the West Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He also served on the Tennessee Obesity Task Force in Nashville from 2021 to 2022.
Carroll teaches graduate courses in dietetics and undergraduate courses in nutrition and food science. Before coming to UT Martin, he practiced as a clinical registered dietitian and sports nutritionist.
“As you can see, I have a passion for food and nutrition policy, whether it be school, the Women, Infants and Children program, the UT Extension Service, health care, food service, and so on,” Carroll said. “I have tried to help in some other areas to help our profession, which in turn helps almost everyone in Tennessee, and I want to see what I can contribute to this board.”
The Board of Dietitians and Nutritionist Examiners was created in 1987 by an act of the state legislature. Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice dietetics and nutrition within this state to be qualified. The board interprets the laws, rules and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct.
The board is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. It is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violations.
The UTM Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Areas of study include child and family studies, dietetics, gerontology, hospitality and food service management, fashion merchandising and food and nutrition.
For more information about the UTM Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, call 731-881-7100 or visit www.utm.edu.
For more information about the Tennessee Board of Dietician and Nutritionist Examiners, visit tn.gov/health and search for “board of dietician/nutritionist examiners.”