2009 Announcement Archives
Two Ombudspersons Appointed
I'm pleased to tell you that I've appointed two new ombudspersons who will begin mediating disputes for faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Jan. 1. The faculty ombudsperson will be Bill Nugent; the staff ombudsperson will be Elaine Wynn.
Generosity During This Year's UT Campus Chest Campaign
I want to thank everyone who participated in this year's Campus Chest Campaign. Even in these challenging economic times, we exceeded our goal because of the generosity of our faculty and staff.
Alan Chesney Retirement Reception
Please join me for a reception honoring Alan Chesney, executive director of Human Resources. Alan will retire from the university at the end of the month after more than 13 years of dedicated service to UT.
UT Knoxville-ORNL Distinguished Fellowships
Last week we had the pleasure to announce the new UT Knoxville-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distinguished Fellowship. The program provides our campus with a groundbreaking opportunity to recruit top graduate students in the sciences.
FERPA Administration and Oversight
Effective immediately, the Office of the Registrar will have oversight and administration of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for the university.
New Executive Director of UT Space Institute
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.
UT Knoxville Meets Energy Goals
Over the past 15 months, the UT Knoxville community has worked very diligently to find ways to reduce energy use and costs across campus. Thanks to your actions and ideas to conserve energy, UT's Switch Your Thinking campaign has saved the campus more than $1 million in energy costs alone.
UT Inclement Weather Policy
The university's policy on operations during inclement weather appears in the 2009-2010 edition of Hilltopics, and is reprinted here. Please note that this policy has been revised to more specifically address procedures for delayed openings of the university.
Video from Fall Faculty Meeting
The video archive of the first annual UTK Full Faculty Meeting is now available.
President's Campus Tour
It's my pleasure to invite you to meet with UT Interim President Jan Simek and me from 2 to 3 pm on Oct. 6 in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. This event is part of the President's statewide tour of campuses and institutes.
Change in Human Resources
Alan Chesney, the executive director for the UT Knoxville HR office, will be retiring from the university at end of the year. This executive level position is being eliminated. The position elimination is not part of the statewide HR redesign, but a cost reduction measure for UT Knoxville.
New Chancellor's Associates Named
Twenty-two community leaders, alumni and university volunteers have been named to the UT Knoxville Chancellor's Associates. The group, established in 1972, exists to strengthen the tie between the university and the Knoxville community at large. There are currently 63 members of the Chancellor's Associates, each serving a three-year term of office.
VolAware Chancellor's Luncheon
Please show your support of the VolAware initiative by attending the VolAware Chancellor's Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 12-1:30 p.m., in the University Center Ballroom.
We Can Make a Difference
An interview with Chancellor Cheek appears in the most recent issue of Tennessee Alumnus.
Human Resources Redesign
I want to share some thoughts with faculty and staff about the redesign of Human Resources (HR). I've had input in the process from the beginning and am confident the changes will improve your access to HR benefits and services.
First Annual UTK Fall Faculty Meeting
Chancellor Cheek and Toby Boulet, Faculty Senate President, invite all faculty to attend the first annual UTK fall faculty meeting on Monday, September 21st at 3:30 in the University Center auditorium.
Space and Renovation and Master Plan Committees
Chancellor Cheek requests assistance in establishing two committees, a Space and Renovation Committee and a Master Plan Committee.
Athletics to Transfer $1 Million for Academic Support
Today, we will announce a new transfer of $1 million from UT Athletics to our campus. The money is the result of the new television contract signed recently by the Southeastern Conference, and will be used to enhance teaching, learning and graduate education at UT Knoxville.
Chris Cimino Named Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
I am pleased to inform you that I have named Chris Cimino as vice chancellor for finance and administration for the Knoxville campus. He will begin his new role on July 1.
Margie Nichols Named Vice Chancellor for Communications
I'm pleased to announce the selection of Margie Nichols as vice chancellor for communications for the Knoxville campus.
Dr. Susan Martin Named Provost
I'm pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Susan Martin as provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Knoxville campus.
Update about Campus Preparedness for Flu Outbreak
As we begin finals and prepare for commencement ceremonies and activities, I want to take a moment to provide a brief update about the ongoing swine flu situation. I want to assure you that the health and safety of our campus community is our foremost concern and that our campus plan takes a proactive approach in the event the current outbreak should worsen.
Interviews for Vice Chancellor Positions
I'm pleased to announce the interview schedule for the three vacant Vice Chancellor positions.
Thank you for your patience during what has been an unprecedented economic challenge for the university. We know that the uncertainty of our budget has had a significant impact on our students, faculty and staff.
Three Position Announcements
The University of Tennessee is currently seeking to fill three positions reporting to the Chancellor: Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor; Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration; and Vice Chancellor, Communications.
Baker Center Interim Director
College of Law Professor Carl Pierce will serve as interim director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, beginning June 1.
Chancellor's Honors Awards
More than 300 people attended the Chancellor's Honors Banquet to celebrate six new Torchbearers and our new faculty Macebearer -- the highest honors bestowed by the university.
Interim Vice Chancellor Jeff Maples provides preliminary information about federal stimulus monies that will be received by the university.
Switch Your Thinking Success
UTK is halfway to our goal of a 10 percent energy reduction this fiscal year as part of the Switch Your Thinking effort. Learn more and share your ideas for how to help us achieve our goal.
Davis Named Dean of UT Knoxville College of Engineering
UT Knoxville has named Wayne T. Davis as the dean of its College of Engineering. Davis, who has served as the interim dean since May 2008, has worked at UT Knoxville for more than 30 years. His appointment follows a nationwide search.
Dolly Parton to Receive Honorary Doctorate
We have nominated Dolly Parton -- one of East Tennessee's most famous daughters -- to receive an honorary doctoral degree from UT Knoxville. The degree, a Doctor of Humane and Musical Letters, would be conferred on May 8 at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Greetings from Chancellor Cheek
It is an honor to begin serving today as chancellor of the Knoxville campus. I'm happy to officially become a Tennessee Volunteer.
Vice Chancellor Barlow's Retirement
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Denise Barlow will retire on Jan. 31 after more than 30 years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Temperature Change Update and Coffee Coupon
Interim Chancellor Simek answers some questions about the new campus conservation policy and as a thank you presents a coupon that is good at all campus Starbucks Coffee locations.
Knoxville Campus Procedure for Expenditure Purchases
Procedures on exceptions to the freeze on hiring, travel, and equipment purchases were revised on Jan. 14, 2009. Unchanged is the selective process limiting E&G hires to areas necessary for the continuity of critical teaching, research and support functions.
Exceptions to Freeze on Travel, Hiring and Equipment Purchases
Since early December, 2008, the committee established to review exceptions to the UT freeze on travel, hiring and equipment purchases has reviewed 63 requests for exceptions to the freeze.