This is an important week on our campus as we gather to honor our students and their accomplishments. I know that for many of you, this is also a difficult time. A change in leadership is never easy. I want you to know how committed I am to supporting you and providing stability to our university through this transition. I also want to thank Dr. Davenport for her service to the University of Tennessee.
UT Knoxville is a dynamic and innovative institution. Our research is growing, our campus is expanding, and our students are being nationally recognized. We have made great strides in recent years, and I look forward to building on this momentum as we continue to propel our university forward.
Many of you know I first arrived on this campus more than four decades ago as a student myself. Now, 47 years later, I am humbled and honored to serve an institution that means so much to me. If I can be of service to you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out.
We are resilient and together we will continue to advance the University of Tennessee.