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Impact of New UT-ORNL Big Data Doctorate to Be Felt Across State | May 15, 2017

Modeled on the university’s highly successful energy science and engineering doctorate, the new big data offering will also be run out of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education by UT and ORNL.

Governor Phil Bredesen Earns Honorary Doctorate; Asks Graduates to Share Their Good Fortune | May 12, 2017

“Governor Bredesen’s leadership and service to our state improved the quality of life for all Tennesseans,” Davenport said. “For his lasting contributions to education, health care, and economic development, it is fitting that we honor Phil Bredesen with an honorary doctorate of science and laws from Tennessee’s land-grant top public university.”

UT’s First Declaration Day Event Reaches Thousands Online | May 2, 2017

New Chancellor Beverly Davenport called in during the broadcast, explaining what she—like the record number of incoming students—is excited to be part of the university.

“I think, like them, I wanted to be part of this Power T. There is something special about Rocky Top,” she said. “This is my class. We are starting together.”

Ryan Robinson Named UT Knoxville Vice Chancellor for Communications | April 28, 2017

“I could not be more pleased to add Ryan to my leadership team,” Davenport said. “He has built outstanding relationships with key university stakeholders and is a dynamic communications professional with exceptional PR instincts.”

Professor Wins Prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship | April 26, 2017

“This fellowship is an incredible honor for both Dr. Kelly and the university,” said UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “We are proud of this achievement and the well-deserved attention he is getting for his work. His scholarship will shed light on critical policy issues that face our nation.”

Stokely Hall Dedication Honors Family Legacy of Support to UT | April 24, 2017

“This beautiful new building is but the latest sign of the time, efforts, and contributions that the Stokely family has made to UT,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “Being able to have a residence such as this, and to offer students the amenities this building has, is a cornerstone of empowering them to be their best. After all, a residence hall isn’t just where you sleep, it’s where you study.”

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Announces $40 Million Fundraising Goal | April 20, 2017

“The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences prepares future teachers, public health experts, nutritionists, and exercise scientists to make a significant impact on the lives of others,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “Students who earn their degree from the college are prepared to make immediate contributions to our society. Additional resources will enhance the instruction and the important research in these vital fields.”

Photo Gallery: Campus Community Comes Together for Picnic | April 13, 2017

Knoxville-area faculty, staff, and retirees came together for Picnic on the Plaza on Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

UT to Play Leading Role in NASA Aviation Revolution | April 10, 2017

“It is hugely gratifying to see the University of Tennessee recognized in this way,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “This is a great example of how a public-private partnership and inter-institutional cooperation can result in solutions that address important challenges facing our world.”

Seven Seniors Receive UT’s Highest Honor | April 10, 2017

Seven UT students have been recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the university’s highest student honor—the Torchbearer award.

UT Hosts Inaugural SEC Title IX Coordinators Summit | April 6, 2017

Chancellor Beverly Davenport spoke to attendees to open the conference on April 3.

Big Orange Family Campaign Hits 52 Percent Participation | March 31, 2017

“I am so appreciative of the support of our faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “They exemplify the Volunteer difference with their generosity and make a positive impact  on the lives of our current and future students.”

Two Scholarship Winners Say World-Record Wednesday Was ‘Pretty Great’ | March 30, 2017

For two lucky UT students, Wednesday was doubly special: They helped the university set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the largest human letter and they each walked away with a $5,000 scholarship.

Faculty, Staff, Retirees Invited to Picnic on the Plaza April 12 | March 30, 2017

Join Chancellor Davenport and special guests for a barbecue picnic with music, games, and giveaways.

The Volunteers Did It! UT Achieves World Record | March 29, 2017

“This has been a wonderful opportunity for the nation to see our beautiful campus and share in our Volunteer spirit,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport.

UT to Attempt World Record Live on the Today Show March 29 | March 20, 2017

“Standing together in Neyland Stadium with 4,000 members of our Volunteer family will be a shared memory that will last a lifetime,” Davenport said.

Graduate Programs Climb in U.S. News and World Report Rankings | March 14, 2017

“Having strong graduate programs is key to our success as a top research university,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “We provide students, across all disciplines, an opportunity to participate in research alongside some of the country’s most recognized faculty who are addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

John Currie Named Director of Athletics | February 28, 2017

“John exemplifies all the qualities we were seeking in an athletics director. He is a man of high integrity, strong values, a progressive thinker, he fully understands the importance of being compliant in everything we do, and he is a leader who will put the well-being of our student-athletes above everything.”

“Hi, I’m Beverly”: Chancellor Davenport Talks about Getting Started at UT | February 16, 2017

“I love seeing the students, because they are really why we are here,” she said. “The students will lead us—their inspiration, their energy, and their enthusiasm. They are going to . . . put Tennessee on the map where it belongs among the premier and preeminent universities in this country and in the world.”


New UT Chancellor Davenport Looks at Challenges Today, Tomorrow | May 17, 2017 (WUOT podcast)

In her first interview for WUOT, Davenport spoke to Victor Agreda about the road ahead and her plans for the university.

New University of Tennessee vice chancellor for communications says transparency will be a priority | May 11, 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Ryan Robinson was appointed vice chancellor for communications at the end of April. “I love her energy and enthusiasm,” he said. “[The chancellor] loves Tennessee and I was very drawn to that.”

Leadership Knoxville awards Joan Cronan | May 9, 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel)

UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport implored the business leaders at the luncheon to work with the university as the university works with them. She said strong universities need great cities and strong cities need great universities.

Tennessee This Week | April 30, 2017 (

The University of Tennessee’s flagship campus is under new leadership. Chancellor Beverly Davenport talks about diversity, outsourcing and a big hire right out of the gate.

Davenport looks ahead at future of UT | April 28, 2017 (Daily Beacon)

“Everybody says it’s the top 25, but they don’t know what that means,” Davenport said. “So, I’m on a mission to clarify that, to refine that and to think about what that means.”

Ryan Robinson named University of Tennessee vice chancellor for communications | April 28, 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel)

“I could not be more pleased to add Ryan to my leadership team,” Davenport said in a campus announcement Friday.

UT’s Stokely Hall Helping to Transform Student Life | April 22, 2017 (

UT’s goal is to bring learning directly to students. “It really does represent what learning today means. You eat, you learn, you gather, you socialize all in the same space,” Davenport said.

UT College Of Education, Health, And Human Sciences Announces $40 Million Fundraising Goal | April 20, 2017 (The Chattanoogan)

“Students who earn their degree from the college are prepared to make immediate contributions to our society. Additional resources will enhance the instruction and the important research in these vital fields.”

Chancellor Davenport: There is something special here | April 10, 2017 (WBIR)

UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport says her job is to keep UT on a path laid before her.  Her strategy is simple: share with the world what sets Tennessee apart.

New University of Tennessee Chancellor shares vision for future | February 15, 2017 (

“I have a lot of listening to do. I have a lot of people I want to hear from,” Davenport said during Wednesday’s news conference.

‘It is on us’: UT Chancellor speaks on consent on college campuses | February 15, 2017 (

“We must have a culture of consent,” said Davenport. She believes everyone, including faculty and staff, must work together on the issue.

Davenport talks free speech, diversity, AD search on first day | February 15, 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel)

“I will only be on a campus where every student is supported and made to feel welcome and important and safe,” she said. “I wouldn’t be on a campus if I wasn’t committed to and wouldn’t find revenue to support the programs that serve all of our students.”

New UTK Chancellor: “We want to solve some of the greatest challenges in the world” | February 15, 2017 (Knoxville Mercury)

“When I look at the problems the faculty experts are working on and think that this university can solve some of the greatest problems the world is facing; I want to attract more faculty that can take on those challenges. But we have to be a community that will attract those kinds of people. We have to be a Knoxville and a University of Tennessee where people want to live, and people want to work, and people want to bring their families. So we have to make this community—it all works together.”


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