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Shortly after I became chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I began talking with the faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, and friends about the strengths and weaknesses of this remarkable institution. I asked them what they saw as UT’s greatest potential. From those conversations, I developed a list of strategic priorities to work on during the next few years; I shared them with the university community; and I asked the faculty and staff to work with me to help the university fulfill its potential. That was a year ago. It’s time now to report on the progress we’ve made together.
In the following pages you’ll find stories about how the university and its various colleges have addressed those priorities. These stories aren’t comprehensive. They simply spotlight the commitment and creativity of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Earlier this year, Governor Phil Bredesen challenged UT Knoxville to become a top-25 public research university. I’m proud of that challenge because it means that the governor knows what we know—that we already are a great university. His challenge has an edge to it: don’t settle for great—become the best.
That’s what the governor wants. It’s what I want. I think it’s what you want, too.
Read on—we have much work ahead.
With best regards,
Jimmy G. Cheek
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville