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Selection of New Executive Director of UT Space Institute

To: Knoxville-area UT Students, Faculty and Staff
From: Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek
Date: December 7, 2009

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Robert "Buddy" Moore, associate dean for research and graduate programs for the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named executive director of the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

He will begin serving on Jan. 1, 2010. Dr. Stephen Corda, who has been serving in the role as interim associate vice president and chief operating officer since July, will return to his faculty and research post at the institute.

Dr. Moore is a very well respected and proven administrator who will lead the institute's research and instructional mission with an eye for building new partnerships and graduate enrollment. He is a proven leader who can help implement strategies to enhance interdisciplinary projects and take advantage of opportunities. His experience with the university and several key research centers provides a broad framework for enhanced collaboration with UT, as well as other universities and public and private partners.

Dr. Moore joined the UT Knoxville faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor of microbiology and later served as the head of the department. In 2001, he was named associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Veterinary Medicine. He also directs the Center of Excellence in Livestock Diseases & Human Health and the Comparative and Experimental Medicine Graduate Program.

Moore has a bachelor's and a master's from Clemson University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the UT faculty, he served as a staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Throughout his career, he has published significant research and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Immunology and editor of Infection and Immunity.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Corda for his interim service and in wishing Dr. Moore the best in this new leadership role.

Posted December 7, 2009