Earlier today, Vice Chancellor for Student Life Vince Carilli announced to his team that he is leaving the university. He wants to time his departure so a new vice chancellor can be on board to fully commit to implementing the university’s new strategic vision when it’s complete this May.
Vince has served as a critical member of the chancellor’s cabinet for the past six years. He has accomplished a lot in that time, including the opening of six new residence halls and the incredible new Student Union, enhancing student programs and services, adding new sorority and fraternity chapters, doing more to support students with disabilities, introducing a new Student Code of Conduct, and enhancing programming and staffing to support student health and wellness. Vince has also built a talented and dedicated team. I appreciate his dedication to our students and to the team members who work every day to support them.
Associate Vice Chancellor Frank Cuevas has agreed to assume the role of interim vice chancellor for student life effective January 1, and we will work as a cabinet to support the entire student life team.
The Division of Student Life is integral to the support and success of our students, and we want to initiate the search for a permanent vice chancellor quickly and include as many people as possible from campus in the process. I have asked Tyvi Small, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement, and Tisha Benton, Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing, to co-chair the search. A national search for a new permanent vice chancellor will begin immediately after the winter break. We will begin contacting search committee members this week.
Vince has served the University of Tennessee with true Volunteer spirit. We will celebrate him and his contributions to UT after the first of the year. Please be on the lookout for that invitation in early January, and join me in wishing Vince all the best.