Chancellor Davenport Shares Message of Hope and Kindness | October 16, 2017
“We will be kind. We will be welcoming. We will be civil. We will wait out the naysayers,” she said. “We will not back down or close our eyes or our hearts to bigotry or racism or hatred or fascism. There is no place for injustice at the University of Tennessee. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”
Tree-Planting Ceremony Begins Investiture Events | October 12, 2017
UT Honors Peyton Manning with Distinguished Alumnus Award | October 3, 2017
“Peyton embodies what it means be an ambassador for our university,” said UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “We are so proud to call him a Volunteer.”
UT Knoxville Sets Out on $1.1 Billion Join the Journey Campaign | September 22, 2017
“Because of the generosity and commitment of so many Volunteers, we are here and at this very point in time in our university’s history,” she said. “We are now focused on what it is going to take to get us over the finish line. I am certain that we will not only meet our goal, we will exceed it.”
UT Ranked 46th in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Rankings | September 12, 2017
“The U.S. News rankings recognize our commitment to student success and faculty excellence,” Davenport said. “They demonstrate that our peers see us as a national university of distinction. I am proud of the positive direction we are heading, the incredible work of our faculty and the impact UT has on our students and our state.”
UT Dedicates New Strong Hall Science Building | September 8, 2017
“It is such a beautiful space, and space matters,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport during the ceremony, which was held in the building’s atrium. “The nation’s eyes are on us because of this building.”
Students Benefit from Regal Scholars Program | September 5, 2017
“One of our primary goals as a public land-grant university is increasing access for all students who want to be Volunteers, and the generosity from partners like Regal makes it possible,” said UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport.
Information about Fort Sanders Demonstration on Saturday | August 25, 2017
A rally and counter protest are scheduled for Saturday, August 26, at a Confederate memorial on 17th Street in Fort Sanders. While the demonstration is not on university property, members of the campus community may be in the area and should stay aware of their surroundings and their personal safety. Chancellor Beverly Davenport shared a video message on Thursday about civility, free speech, and safety.
Robert Nobles to Serve as Interim Vice Chancellor | August 16, 2017
Robert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research, has been named interim vice chancellor for research and engagement effective September 1. “Robert is well qualified to help us continue the great momentum for increasing research grants and contracts, strengthening our partnerships, and supporting the research, creative activity, and outreach efforts of our faculty and students. He brings great knowledge, passion, and optimism to the role and has worked closely within the division and across the university around many important matters,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport in a message sent Wednesday to the campus community.
Chancellor Recognizes Powe Awardees Jagadamma, McCord | August 9, 2017
UT’s Sindhu Jagadamma and Rachel Patton McCord are recipients of the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Chancellor Beverly Davenport recently presented plaques to Jagadamma, assistant professor of biosystems engineering and soil science in the UT Institute of Agriculture, and McCord, assistant professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, in recognition of the honor.
Ashley Blamey, longtime director of UT Knoxville’s Center for Health Education and Wellness, has been selected to serve as Title IX coordinator for the campus. “Ashley brings ideal professional experience, academic preparation, and leadership to create a national model for sexual assault awareness and prevention,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport.
Number of Donors to UT Knoxville at an All-Time High | July 31, 2017
“We are grateful for the generous support of our alumni, friends, and corporate partners,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “The biggest factor in moving universities from good to great is the level of engagement from alumni and friends.”
Chancellor Beverly Davenport today announced the appointment of Chip Bryant as the university’s vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs. Bryant has served as interim vice chancellor since August 2016.
Davenport said the new (Tennessee) law reaffirms free speech on our campuses and ensures all viewpoints are protected speech. “The bill also recognizes faculty’s academic freedom to teach and research but also stipulates that they should not insert their personal views in the classroom or introduce controversial matters that have no relationship to the subject being taught,” she said.
“We are grateful to the governor and the General Assembly for their continued support for our strategic initiatives and our efforts to provide our students with state-of-the-art facilities.”
Modeled on the university’s highly successful energy science and engineering doctorate, the new big data offering will also be run out of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education by UT and ORNL.
“Governor Bredesen’s leadership and service to our state improved the quality of life for all Tennesseans,” Davenport said. “For his lasting contributions to education, health care, and economic development, it is fitting that we honor Phil Bredesen with an honorary doctorate of science and laws from Tennessee’s land-grant top public university.”
New Chancellor Beverly Davenport called in during the broadcast, explaining what she—like the record number of incoming students—is excited to be part of the university.
“I think, like them, I wanted to be part of this Power T. There is something special about Rocky Top,” she said. “This is my class. We are starting together.”
Ryan Robinson Named UT Knoxville Vice Chancellor for Communications | April 28, 2017
“I could not be more pleased to add Ryan to my leadership team,” Davenport said. “He has built outstanding relationships with key university stakeholders and is a dynamic communications professional with exceptional PR instincts.”
Professor Wins Prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship | April 26, 2017
“This fellowship is an incredible honor for both Dr. Kelly and the university,” said UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “We are proud of this achievement and the well-deserved attention he is getting for his work. His scholarship will shed light on critical policy issues that face our nation.”
Stokely Hall Dedication Honors Family Legacy of Support to UT | April 24, 2017
“This beautiful new building is but the latest sign of the time, efforts, and contributions that the Stokely family has made to UT,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “Being able to have a residence such as this, and to offer students the amenities this building has, is a cornerstone of empowering them to be their best. After all, a residence hall isn’t just where you sleep, it’s where you study.”
“The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences prepares future teachers, public health experts, nutritionists, and exercise scientists to make a significant impact on the lives of others,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “Students who earn their degree from the college are prepared to make immediate contributions to our society. Additional resources will enhance the instruction and the important research in these vital fields.”
Photo Gallery: Campus Community Comes Together for Picnic | April 13, 2017
Knoxville-area faculty, staff, and retirees came together for Picnic on the Plaza on Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
UT to Play Leading Role in NASA Aviation Revolution | April 10, 2017
“It is hugely gratifying to see the University of Tennessee recognized in this way,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “This is a great example of how a public-private partnership and inter-institutional cooperation can result in solutions that address important challenges facing our world.”
Seven Seniors Receive UT’s Highest Honor | April 10, 2017
Seven UT students have been recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding service with the university’s highest student honor—the Torchbearer award.
UT Hosts Inaugural SEC Title IX Coordinators Summit | April 6, 2017
Chancellor Beverly Davenport spoke to attendees to open the conference on April 3.
Big Orange Family Campaign Hits 52 Percent Participation | March 31, 2017
“I am so appreciative of the support of our faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “They exemplify the Volunteer difference with their generosity and make a positive impact on the lives of our current and future students.”
For two lucky UT students, Wednesday was doubly special: They helped the university set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the largest human letter and they each walked away with a $5,000 scholarship.
Faculty, Staff, Retirees Invited to Picnic on the Plaza April 12 | March 30, 2017
Join Chancellor Davenport and special guests for a barbecue picnic with music, games, and giveaways.
The Volunteers Did It! UT Achieves World Record | March 29, 2017
“This has been a wonderful opportunity for the nation to see our beautiful campus and share in our Volunteer spirit,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport.
UT to Attempt World Record Live on the Today Show March 29 | March 20, 2017
“Standing together in Neyland Stadium with 4,000 members of our Volunteer family will be a shared memory that will last a lifetime,” Davenport said.
Graduate Programs Climb in U.S. News and World Report Rankings | March 14, 2017
“Having strong graduate programs is key to our success as a top research university,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “We provide students, across all disciplines, an opportunity to participate in research alongside some of the country’s most recognized faculty who are addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges.”
John Currie Named Director of Athletics | February 28, 2017
“John exemplifies all the qualities we were seeking in an athletics director. He is a man of high integrity, strong values, a progressive thinker, he fully understands the importance of being compliant in everything we do, and he is a leader who will put the well-being of our student-athletes above everything.”
“Hi, I’m Beverly”: Chancellor Davenport Talks about Getting Started at UT | February 16, 2017
“I love seeing the students, because they are really why we are here,” she said. “The students will lead us—their inspiration, their energy, and their enthusiasm. They are going to . . . put Tennessee on the map where it belongs among the premier and preeminent universities in this country and in the world.”
Investiture ceremony formally introduces UT Chancellor Davenport | October 13, 2017
“We must be partners in creating a culture of innovation,” Davenport said. “We talked about building a future for these kids and helping them imagine the future. We want to bring them onto our campus and show them our facilities and let them dream a bright future. But it’s on us to make their dreams a reality, and to make their dreams our dreams.”
“The nation is divided. Our communities are divided. The world is divided,” she said. “But education — and higher education, specifically — remains the surest path to solving the world’s grand challenges.”
UT holds investiture ceremony for Chancellor Davenport | October 13, 2017
University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport called for the campus community to “unleash our vision” in mapping out her plans for the university during her investiture ceremony on Friday.
UT welcomes Chancellor Davenport at investiture ceremony | October 13, 2017 (slideshow)
Davenport’s speech largely focused on innovation and how the university can work with the local community and state to broaden access to education and grow research and jobs.
UT’s Davenport to speak during W.I.S.E. Luncheon | September 29, 2017
“I’ll discuss the importance of role models, perseverance, and being engaged,” Davenport said. “It is important to see there are women who can balance being at the highest level in their profession with having a full life at home.”
Politicians Like Lady Vols Decision | September 18, 2017
A long hoped-for decision by many for the Lady Vols nickname and logo to be restored was praised by a gubernatorial candidate and Knox County mayor.
The decision came Thursday by new UT officials, Athletic Director John Currie and Chancellor Beverly Davenport.
You Go, Lady Vols | September 15, 2017
[Athletic Director John] Currie and Chancellor Beverly Davenport, who hired him, said they appreciate the values and had been listening. Currie got an earful wherever he went. Davenport got boxes full of petitions to restore the name.
Tennessee’s top athletic program benefits most from Lady Vols brand restoration | September 15, 2017
First-year Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport…set to work with [Athletic Director John] Currie to solve the [branding] problem after Currie took office on April 1.
UT Chancellor gets first slice of orange at Vols’ home opener | September 10, 2017
One of the hundreds of fans who had their first slice of orange Saturday at Neyland Stadium was UT Chancellor Beverley Davenport.
UT dedicates new Strong Hall Science Building | September 8, 2017
“It is such a beautiful space, and space matters,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. “The nation’s eyes are on us because of this building.”
Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport ‘deeply values’ Lady Vols name | September 4, 2017
Davenport and Currie have been asked repeatedly in separate interviews by USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee if there are any plans to return the Lady Vols logo and nickname in sports other than women’s basketball.
New University of Tennessee chancellor working to address change, challenges | September 2, 2017
“I think higher learning is a call to think deeply about the human condition and what is right and just and fair,” she said. “That’s how higher education has been differentiated from vocational learning. You’re not telling people how to think, but putting before students something to think about. This is your future; this is your state, your country. What kind of community do you want to have?”
“We anticipate that decision will be soon, but I must tell you it is one of the most complex and involved decision making processes that I’ve seen,” Davenport said.
What we know about white supremacist rally at Fort Sanders monument | August 26, 2017
Chancellor Beverly Davenport shared a message with UT students to remind them that they will encounter new and different ideas on campus and asks them to be tolerant and respectful.
University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport is sending a message of civility, free speech, and safety ahead of a potentially heated rally on Saturday.
UTK Chancellor calls for civility and safety in campus address | August 24, 2017
University of Tennessee at Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport released a video message calling for students to “open your hearts, as well as your minds” in light of protests and rallies planned near the UT campus this weekend.
“Racism, bigotry and prejudice is not a part of the Volunteer spirit,” Davenport said during a symposium with the Office of Multicultural Student Life. “We will not let that be a part of who we are.”
UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport said in an announcement to the university Wednesday that she plans to appoint a search committee in the coming weeks so that a search for the next vice chancellor can begin early this fall.
UT Knoxville Opens Title IX Office Following $2.5 Million Lawsuit | August 10, 2017
The school announced in a press release on Tuesday that Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life Ashley Blamey will be appointed to Title IX Coordinator.
“Ashley brings ideal professional experience, academic preparation, and leadership to create a national model for sexual assault awareness and prevention,” says UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport.
3-D printed furniture in UT Chancellor’s office | August 4, 2017
Big orange pride is beaming all across University of Tennessee’s campus just before school starts, but Chancellor Beverly Davenport’s office lobby is already dressed for the occasion.
In June, the board of trustees approved criteria for establishing a new list of peer schools and schools that each campus wants to be more like as part of an effort to take another look at salary gaps and also to revise administrative bonuses.
One single mom’s tweet went viral after her professor responded to an email explaining why she had to miss class.
Since posting her professor’s response on Twitter, the letter has now received over 26,000 ‘likes’ and been shared over 5,000 times.
One of those who replied to the tweet was the university’s own chancellor, Beverly Davenport.
King posted the tweet in mid-June. Within two weeks, it went viral, receiving more than 26,000 likes and nearly 5,000 retweets. Many Twitter users praised Dr. Hunter for her understanding and King for highlighting the difficulties of being a single mom. Even the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Beverley Davenport, chimed in.
University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport put it best: “Morgan, thanks for showing us challenges college students face. Prof Hunter, thanks for being part of the solution,” Davenport posted on Twitter.
UT Knoxville to study alcohol, tobacco use on campus | June 29, 2017
Separate task forces this fall are going to review the University of Tennessee’s alcohol and smoking policies on the Knoxville campus. UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport announced the move Thursday.
Chancellor Davenport says new legislation passed by the General Assembly authorized leaders of all state colleges and universities to adopt policies to regulate smoking and tobacco use on properties the university owns or operates on.
The University of Tennessee Knoxville is looking at revising its alcohol and smoking policies on campus after a push from the Student Government Association and new legislation surrounding smoking on public college campuses.
Professor offers to watch student’s baby during class | June 26, 2017
King’s Twitter post about crying with gratitude about her professor’s email was shared thousands of times, including by University Chancellor Beverly Davenport, who wrote: “”Morgan, thanks for showing us challenges college students face. Prof Hunter, thanks for being part of the solution.”
Professor praised for offer of help in child care | June 26, 2017
King’s tweet has since garnered nearly 5,000 retweets, one of which was by University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport.
University of Tennessee leadership unveils plans on Title IX | June 22, 2017
Leaders with the University of Tennessee say they’re optimistic about the report, adding it gives a great blueprint for improving and the changes mean something for all of us.
UT Knoxville will have a pride center director, chancellor says | June 22, 2017
“This is how I feel and how I will continue to invest (in UT Knoxville): My responsibility is to ensure all our students are welcomed, that they are safe and that we continue to invest in ensuring that our students succeed,” Davenport said. “I’ve looked at those monies and we will be spending that money on Title IX, on the pride center and on wellness. All that money will be going into those efforts.”
“One of the most challenging things is culture,” Davenport said. “We can get our policies and practices in order … but changing the culture in which these kinds of practices happen — that’s a cause for concern for all of us.”
The scholarship presentation program also included remarks by Chancellor Beverly Davenport and Interim Provost John Zomchick, as well as the four recipients.
VFL Peyton Manning awards scholarship to 4 UT students | June 16, 2017
“People love this university for so many reasons, but I love it because I get to see people who start out exploring so many things, but they get to meet people who believe in them and who believe in them early on,” said Davenport. “So thank you Peyton, thank you for believing in these people.”
New UT Chancellor Davenport Looks at Challenges Today, Tomorrow | May 17, 2017 (WUOT podcast)
In her first interview for WUOT, Davenport spoke to Victor Agreda about the road ahead and her plans for the university.
New University of Tennessee vice chancellor for communications says transparency will be a priority | May 11, 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Ryan Robinson was appointed vice chancellor for communications at the end of April. “I love her energy and enthusiasm,” he said. “[The chancellor] loves Tennessee and I was very drawn to that.”
Leadership Knoxville awards Joan Cronan | May 9, 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel)
UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport implored the business leaders at the luncheon to work with the university as the university works with them. She said strong universities need great cities and strong cities need great universities.
Tennessee This Week | April 30, 2017 (WATE.com)
The University of Tennessee’s flagship campus is under new leadership. Chancellor Beverly Davenport talks about diversity, outsourcing and a big hire right out of the gate.
Davenport looks ahead at future of UT | April 28, 2017 (Daily Beacon)
“Everybody says it’s the top 25, but they don’t know what that means,” Davenport said. “So, I’m on a mission to clarify that, to refine that and to think about what that means.”
Ryan Robinson named University of Tennessee vice chancellor for communications | April 28, 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel)
“I could not be more pleased to add Ryan to my leadership team,” Davenport said in a campus announcement Friday.
UT’s Stokely Hall Helping to Transform Student Life | April 22, 2017 (WBIR.com)
UT’s goal is to bring learning directly to students. “It really does represent what learning today means. You eat, you learn, you gather, you socialize all in the same space,” Davenport said.
UT College Of Education, Health, And Human Sciences Announces $40 Million Fundraising Goal | April 20, 2017 (The Chattanoogan)
“Students who earn their degree from the college are prepared to make immediate contributions to our society. Additional resources will enhance the instruction and the important research in these vital fields.”
Chancellor Davenport: There is something special here | April 10, 2017 (WBIR)
UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport says her job is to keep UT on a path laid before her. Her strategy is simple: share with the world what sets Tennessee apart.
New University of Tennessee Chancellor shares vision for future | February 15, 2017 (WATE.com)
“I have a lot of listening to do. I have a lot of people I want to hear from,” Davenport said during Wednesday’s news conference.
‘It is on us’: UT Chancellor speaks on consent on college campuses | February 15, 2017 (WATE.com)
“We must have a culture of consent,” said Davenport. She believes everyone, including faculty and staff, must work together on the issue.
Davenport talks free speech, diversity, AD search on first day | February 15, 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel)
“I will only be on a campus where every student is supported and made to feel welcome and important and safe,” she said. “I wouldn’t be on a campus if I wasn’t committed to and wouldn’t find revenue to support the programs that serve all of our students.”
New UTK Chancellor: “We want to solve some of the greatest challenges in the world” | February 15, 2017 (Knoxville Mercury)
“When I look at the problems the faculty experts are working on and think that this university can solve some of the greatest problems the world is facing; I want to attract more faculty that can take on those challenges. But we have to be a community that will attract those kinds of people. We have to be a Knoxville and a University of Tennessee where people want to live, and people want to work, and people want to bring their families. So we have to make this community—it all works together.”