2013 Annual Report
The Volunteer spirit is driving our journey to become a Top 25 public research university. We set goals and tied those goals to our progress on the journey. I invite you to read about our progress and share in the energy of our campus.
Spring Thank-You Lunch
Knoxville campus employees are invited to join me for a spring thank-you lunch on Tuesday, April 29.
Faculty Appreciation Week
It's Faculty Appreciation Week, and we're highlighting the impact our faculty have on students, our campus community, and society through their teaching, research, and service.
2014 Chancellor's Honors Banquet
We will honor academic and service achievements that represent the best of our university at this year's Chancellor's Honors Banquet. Nominations are now open.
Thank You, Facilities Services
Our Facilities Services employees have gone above and beyond the call of duty this winter to keep our campus operating safely and efficiently during freezing weather.
Help Us Dedicate Pat Summitt Plaza This Friday
Please join us this Friday, November 22, as we celebrate the greatest basketball coach ever, Lady Vols Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt, with the dedication of Pat Summitt Plaza.
Open Office Hours
As part of our ongoing mission to be a more work-friendly campus, I plan to regularly set aside office hours to meet with faculty and staff.
New Vice Chancellor for Student Life
I'm pleased to tell you that Vincent Carilli, current vice president for student affairs at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, will be our new vice chancellor for Student Life.
Vice Chancellor for Student Life Finalists Announced
Several finalists for our new vice chancellor for student life have been announced, and campus visits are under way.
Academic Leadership Retreat Retreat Presentation
Chancellor Cheek provided an overview of the university's accomplishments and progress toward its goals at the Academic Leadership Retreat retreat on August 28.
Tuition for All New and Returning Students
Our Board of Trustees approved yesterday a 6 percent tuition increase for returning in-state students. Returning in-state undergraduates will pay $9,684 annually for tuition and fees. New in-state freshmen and transfer students will pay $11,194 annually.
Faculty Senate Presentation
On May 6th, I presented an overview of our budget to the Faculty Senate.
Top 25 and SACS Reaccreditation
We are making a few administrative changes to continue our focus on becoming a Top 25 public research university and to prepare us for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) re-accreditation review in 2015.
2013 Staff Performance Reviews
Routine performance reviews are a key component to employee development, success and satisfaction. Resources are currently available to assist supervisors and staff with 2013 performance reviews.
Alumnus Chad Holliday, Bank of America Chairman, to Receive Honorary Degree
I'm pleased to announce that we will be awarding an honorary degree to alumnus Charles O. "Chad" Holliday, chairman of the board of Bank of America, former CEO of DuPont, and a leader in business sustainability.
Vice Chancellor for Diversity Announced
I'm pleased to tell you that Rickey L. Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been named vice chancellor for diversity.
Civility on Election Day
Today is Election Day, and I hope you will visit the polls to exercise your right to vote on our future leaders and issues affecting our community.
Inclement Weather Policy
As the winter season approaches, I want to remind you about the university's policy on operations during inclement weather.
FERPA and Student Privacy
This semester, all faculty and staff are required to thoroughly review the online presentation that details current FERPA policies and procedures.
Interviews for Vice Chancellor for Diversity Candidates
Four candidates for the Vice Chancellor for Diversity will visit campus over the next three weeks. The university created the position to enhance our diversity initiatives and maximize cultural awareness and civility initiatives.
Blood Drive on Campus This Week
Donating blood this week at UT is a win-win-win situation!
Presentation from DDDH Retreat
Chancellor Cheek provided an overview of the university's accomplishments and progress toward its goals at the DDDH retreat on August 27.
New Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Hired
I am pleased to announce that Taylor Eighmy, senior vice president for research at Texas Tech University, has been named vice chancellor for research and engagement. He will begin October 2.
Interviews for Vice Chancellor for Research Candidates
Our search for a vice chancellor for research and engagement has been ongoing, and we have three candidates scheduled to visit campus for interviews during the next two weeks.
We are fortunate this year to make progress on improving compensation.
Tuition for Academic Year 2012-2013
The UT Board of Trustees has approved a tuition increase of 8 percent which will take effect beginning with the fall semester.
Employee Pay Raises
The Board of Trustees has passed a budget that will allow the Knoxville campus to give all eligible employees a raise of 2.5 percent or $1,000, which ever is greater.
Employee Engagement Survey Sessions
I am hosting two sessions on Tuesday, May 8, to share the results of our campus Employee Engagement Survey.
Thank a Giver (TAG) Day
Today we started preparing our campus for "Thank a Giver" (TAG) day on Friday, April 20. As many as 200 orange and white gift tags are being placed on buildings, in classrooms, and throughout our campus to celebrate the success of the UT System's $1 billion Campaign for Tennessee.
2012 Chancellor's Honors Awards
Last night I had the pleasure of hosting our annual Honors Awards event to celebrate the achievements of our students, faculty, staff, and community members.
2011 Chancellor's Report
I am proud to share with you my annual report, which features some of our success stories as we continue on our journey to become a Top 25 public research university.
Strategic Planning Next Steps
As you know the University of Tennessee System is developing a Strategic Plan. President DiPietro is interested in hearing from the key leadership groups and councils on all University of Tennessee campuses.
Faculty Appreciation Week: Big Thanks for Big Ideas!
Today we begin UT's third annual Faculty Appreciation Week. Let me first thank you for your commitment to our students and the university community.
Big Orange. Big Ideas.
Today is an exciting day for us as we celebrate the campus launch of our new branding campaign.
Matt Murray to Lead Baker Center
I'm pleased to announce that Matt Murray, the Ball Corporation Professor of Business and associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, has been appointed director of the Howard H. Baker Center Jr. Center for Public Policy.
Staff Performance Reviews
Non-faculty supervisors and staff need to complete the review process as soon as feasible and have results of the reviews submitted to the Human Resources records office by no later than March 30, 2012.