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Our Mission and Our Presence across Tennessee

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

I have spent the past few months traveling throughout our state, sharing the great work that you are doing and hearing about the needs of our communities. When people picture UT Knoxville, they picture our campus here on Rocky Top. But as the state’s flagship land-grant university, we have a mission and presence that extend across Tennessee.

Our footprint includes Tullahoma, where our colleagues at the UT Space Institute are doing world-class research in hypersonics. It includes Nashville, where our College of Social Work offers its master’s program. It includes every county across the state, where our UT Extension faculty and staff are bringing real-life solutions from the university to people in communities.

This university means a lot to the people of our state. Everywhere I go, Tennesseans tell me how proud they are to be Volunteers. I hope you feel that same pride in your work and the impact it makes.


Donde Plowman