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Chancellor’s Cabinet

David Manderscheid

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor
Professor of Mathematics
Office of the Provost
Contact: Susan England

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversees all academic programs, admissions, enrollment, and records
  • Leads curricular and academic policy issues
  • Serves as liaison with graduate and undergraduate councils
  • Administers graduate programs and services


Chris Cimino

Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Division of Finance and Administration
Contact: Karen Valero

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manages campus budget and finance
  • Oversees fiscal policy compliance
  • Responsible for sponsored projects accounting
  • Processes nonresearch contracts
  • Manages the campus master plan, capital construction, maintenance, and beautification projects
  • Directs campus operations and services including environmental health and safety, facilities services, information technology, police, parking and transit, motor pool, warehousing, bookstore, printing and mail, records management, ID cards, dining, and vending


Tisha Benton

Vice Chancellor for Communications
Office of Communications and Marketing
Contact: Melinda Simmons

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversees campus marketing and public relations efforts
  • Directs external and internal communications
  • Directs creative services and promotes brand and identity standards
  • Oversees WUOT (UT’s National Public Radio station)
  • Manages video and photography assets


Chip Bryant

Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Office of University Advancement
Contact: Shannon Morris

Primary Responsibilities

  • Leads the team responsible for all campus fundraising and alumni programs, along with additional fundraising teams
  • Oversees development of fundraising strategy, goal setting, priorities, policies, and procedures for private giving and donor recognition
  • Coordinates fundraising efforts in each college in conjunction with the dean
  • Oversees all alumni engagement efforts, annual giving, donor relations, and stewardship initiatives
  • Manages relationships with key volunteer groups including the UT Knoxville Alumni Board of Directors, Chancellor’s Associates, Black Alumni Council, and Young Alumni Council
  • Serves as primary liaison with UT Foundation


Vincent Carilli

Vice Chancellor for Student Life
Division of Student Life
Contact: Tara Prizito

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manages and leads the out-of-classroom student experience
  • Manages student support services including career services, student engagement and recreation, student health, counseling and wellness, disability services, and student conduct
  • Directs the efforts of the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Union, Center for Leadership and Service, and New Student and Family Programs, among other departments


Phillip Fulmer

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics
University of Tennessee Athletics
Contact: Caitlyn Hardy

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversees men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics
  • Strives for comprehensive excellence and enhancement of the fan experience
  • Ensures compliance and strategic and efficient management
  • Focuses on the overall development of student athletes


Robert Nobles

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of Research and Engagement
Contact: Donna Ford

Primary Responsibilities

  • Implements UT’s national research agenda
  • Assists faculty with research proposals and contracts
  • Encourages new partnerships
  • Tracks research funding and activity
  • Oversees research compliance
  • Supports joint initiatives with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other key partners
  • Provides funding for seed projects, graduate student support, proposal matching, and new faculty startups

Tyvi Small

Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement
Contact: Beth Huemmer

Primary Responsibilities

  • Champions, leads, and executes the Diversity and Inclusion Pillar of the Vol Vision 2020 strategic plan
  • Serves as chief liaison to the Chancellor’s Commissions, CDI, and Faculty Senate and SGA diversity committees
  • Supervises the Office of Equity and Diversity
  • Develops programs that serve to educate the campus community on matters associated with diversity and student engagement
  • Prepares students for a diverse and intercultural workforce