“There is something special here about that great sense of pride in this institution and its traditions…. I think that’s what carries me and carries all of us every day.”
As the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Beverly Davenport leads the state’s flagship campus with a $1.2 billion annual budget and a $581 million endowment; a record-setting enrollment of 28,000 students; nearly 12,000 faculty, staff, and student workers; and 250,000 passionate alumni. UT is classified as Carnegie Research 1 and is a top 30 public research university with an annual economic impact of over $4.3 million system-wide. UT Knoxville alone has a $1.6 billion economic impact on the state and is responsible for generating 33,000 jobs.
In collaboration with the senior leadership, faculty, staff, and students, Davenport helps advance the ambitious goals outlined in the university’s strategic plan, Vol Vision 2020: Journey to the Top. These goals include a continued focus on solving real-world problems through engagement in Tennessee communities while searching for solutions to global challenges; investing in a competitive and diverse faculty, staff, and student body; enhancing the student experience and increasing student success; and strengthening the research infrastructure while leveraging transdisciplinary research, humanistic inquiry, and creative design alongside business development and technology commercialization. Initiatives in these areas place the University of Tennessee and the state as leaders in innovation and sustainable stewardship of resources, developing work-ready graduates and engaged global citizens. UT Knoxville in partnership with Battelle manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, connecting with their historic breakthroughs and leadership in nuclear engineering, energy, advanced manufacturing, and computing and data science.