The chancellor provides the vision and leadership for the state’s flagship land-grant university. She is responsible for all the activities on campus, including operations, academic programs, student life, athletics, and development. She reports to the president of the UT System.
A Message from the Chancellor
For 225 years, the University of Tennessee has been a beacon of light and leadership for the people of our state. Through times of great triumph and tremendous hardship, the state’s flagship land-grant university has been steadfast in its promise to deliver world-class education, life-changing research, and community support.
Today, UT remains at the forefront of learning and innovation in Tennessee and beyond. Our students are gaining unparalleled experiences through undergraduate research, study abroad, and community-based service–learning projects. Our faculty includes some of the world’s top experts in fields like advanced manufacturing and materials science, computation and data science, supply chain management, forensic anthropology, and nuclear engineering. Together with partners like Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we are working to solve some of our world’s greatest challenges and pushing the boundaries of what we understand about science and society.
As our nickname suggests, Volunteers have built our reputation on service, courage, and leadership. When critical moments demand bold action, you will find Volunteers ready to step forward to solve a problem, take a risk, and act with compassion and conviction.
I am proud to be the chancellor of a university committed to shaping the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and innovators that our world needs.
I am proud to be a Volunteer.
In April, Chancellor Plowman appointed the Re-Imagining Fall Task Force to lead the university’s planning efforts to re-open campus to students this fall.
- Thank You, Matthew Mench - I am grateful that Matthew Mench agreed to step up last fall when I asked him to take on this position until a permanent vice chancellor for research was hired.
- The Volunteer Commitment - Today we launched the Volunteer Commitment, our community’s promise to protect ourselves and one another, prevent the spread of illness, and help maintain an on-campus experience.
- Changes to 2021 Admissions Application Process - In an effort to make the process easier during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will make submitting standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) optional for the fall 2021 admissions cycle.
- Readying Our Work Spaces - Supervisors: If you have not yet done so, now is the time to make sure your department and teams’ work spaces are ready and that you have adequate PPE available for the level of staff returning.
- Chancellor’s Update for Students: April 30, 2020 - Students, I am impressed with each of you. This has been a difficult spring, and we can't wait to be able to bring you back to campus.
- Chancellor’s Update for Students: April 23, 2020 - Taking a moment to congratulate our newly elected SGA officers. I look forward to working with you!