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The Ceremony

An investiture is an academic ceremony held to formally recognize the appointment of a new chief executive some time after they have taken office. This ceremony is an alternative to a multi-day inauguration celebration which would take place at the time a new chancellor or president assumes the role. An investiture ceremony allows the campus and the larger academic community to recognize the new leader, who has been serving since Feb. 1, 2009. Cheek will share with those assembled a vision for the future of the institution.

Musical Prelude

“Allegro in D Major” by C.P.E. Bach
“Canzona Gallicam” by Samuel Scheidt
“Escape” by Kevin McKee
“Die Bankelsangerlieder” by Samuel Speers
“Prelude in C Major” by J.S. Bach


“Rigaudon” by Andre Campra

Presentation of the Colors

The University of Tennessee
ROTC Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem

Introductions and Welcome

Jan Simek
Acting President
The University of Tennessee


On behalf of Students

Jeffery Wilcox
Student Government Association

On behalf of Faculty

John Nolt
Faculty Senate

On behalf of Alumni

Ford Little
The University of Tennessee
Alumni Association

On behalf of Dr. Cheek’s Colleagues

Larry Arrington
Interim Senior Vice President
University of Florida

On behalf of the Trustees

Andrea Loughry
Immediate Past Vice Chair
The University of Tennessee
Board of Trustees

The Investiture

Jan Simek

Presentation of the Medal of Office

Jan Simek
Andrea Loughry

Investiture Address

Jimmy G. Cheek
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Alma Mater

by Mary Fleming Meek

On a hallowed hill in Tennessee
Like Beacon shining bright
The stately walls of old UT
Rise glorious to the sight

So, here’s to you, old Tennessee
Our Alma Mater true
We pledge in love and harmony
Our loyalty to you


Jan Simek


“Fanfare for Organ”
by Nicolas Jacques Lemmens

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