I have important news about a leadership change in our Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.
After fourteen years at UT, five of those as our vice chancellor for alumni affairs and development, Scott Rabenold will be leaving to become vice president for university development at the University of Texas at Austin.
Scott has been an energetic supporter of our university and a highly successful fundraiser. Under his leadership, our fundraising has reached unprecedented levels. We appreciate Scott’s strong leadership and exemplary service, and we wish him well in his new endeavor.
I am very pleased that Chip Bryant, executive director of development for the Haslam College of Business and director of campus-wide campaigns, has agreed to serve as interim vice chancellor for alumni affairs and development.
In addition to leading campus fundraising efforts, the vice chancellor for alumni affairs and development is part of the leadership team of the UT Foundation, the nonprofit corporation that collaborates with each campus to raise money for scholarships, professorships, research, outreach programs, and other initiatives.
Chip is a proven leader with a strong record of successful fundraising, and I’m confident he will guide us through this transition period and continue our upward momentum in alumni and fundraising efforts.
Under Chip’s leadership, the Haslam College of Business development team has received more than $200 million and the Haslam College of Business endowment has grown from $42 million to $102 million.
Chip led the college’s development office during the Campaign for Tennessee, through which the college received over $122 million. During its current campaign, Investing in the Journey to the Top 25, the Haslam College of Business has received $145 million toward a $175 million goal.
As director of campaigns, Chip has been leading the campus-wide campaign strategy to secure the key funds for the university to become a Top 25 public research. More than $640 million has been received toward the campaign’s priorities since 2012.
Chip has been at UT for more than twenty years. He arrived as a freshman in 1988 and graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He spent eleven years with UT Athletics as assistant athletics director for marketing, managing the corporate partner program and contracts.
Please join me in wishing Scott well and welcoming Chip into this important new role.
Jimmy G. Cheek