Tyvi Small was named interim vice chancellor for diversity and engagement in December 2018. Before that appointment, he served as executive director of talent management, diversity, and community relations in UT’s Haslam College of Business, where he spent the past 11 years of his career.
In 2008, Small founded Business Education for Talented Students, a program that targets underrepresented high school students from across Tennessee who are interested in business careers. The program was honored in 2015 as one of UT’s best community–campus partnerships. He is active in the community and serves on the boards of the Development Corporation of Knox County, Knoxville Area Urban League, Knoxville Utilities Board, Tennessee Valley Fair, and the Change Center.
Small is a member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2012. In 2016 he was named among the Knoxville News Sentinel “40 Under 40” for his professional achievements and community service.
Before arriving at UT, Small worked for the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, as an education coordinator in the mayor’s office and in undergraduate admissions for the University of South Florida in Tampa.
He has a bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of South Florida. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education from UT.
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