Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking

Welcome back to campus. As we begin the new academic year, I want to stress my commitment to creating and sustaining a living, learning, and working environment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, that is free from sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking.

Search for Executive Director of UTSI

Robert “Buddy” Moore, executive director of the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, has announced his plans to retire from UT. A search is now under way to fill the executive director position.

Expansion of Marriage Benefits

I am pleased to tell you that the State of Tennessee’s Benefits Administration is now accepting and processing insurance applications from same-sex married couples. This change applies to all eligible UT faculty and staff and is the result of the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Salary Increase Plans Approved

Improving faculty and staff pay and rewarding quality performance are critical to our goal of becoming a top public research university, so I’m pleased that this is the fifth year we’ve been able to provide funding for salary increases.

Student Union Opens First Phase

Student Union Dining

Earlier this month we opened the first phase of the Student Union. Soon-to-be Volunteers and their families quickly filled the building—eating, shopping, and gathering during new student orientation.


Here’s a list of faculty, staff, and students who have made headlines for their accomplishments in recent months.