Perry Recommended To Head UT Presidential Search Advisory Panel (221)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Margaret Perry has been recommended to chair an advisory panel to the board of trustees committee searching for a new University of Tennessee president.

Bill Sansom, a trustee from Knoxville and committee chair, said Monday he will ask the trustees to name the retired UT-Martin chancellor as head of the advisory panel which will include faculty, students, staff, alumni and donors.

The search committee will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, at UT-Memphis to consider appointments to the advisory group and select a firm to assist with identifying candidates for the presidency.

Dr. Joe Johnson announced in June he will leave office in June 1999 or when his successor is in place.

“Margaret has been a student at both UT-Martin and UT-Knoxville,” Sansom said. “She has held a tenured faculty position and served as dean of graduate studies at UT-Knoxville and chancellor at UT-Martin. She and her husband, Randy, who is also a UT graduate, are generous benefactors of the university.

“Margaret knows the university, and she knows the interests of each of these important constituencies.” Perry retired in January after serving 11 years as Martin chancellor.

Other members of the board search committee are: Jim Haslam, Knoxville, vice chair; Roger Dickson, Chattanooga; Steve Ennis, Tullahoma; Lucy Shaw, Arnold Perl and Johnnie Amonette of Memphis; and Clayton McWhorter, Nashville.

Contact: Sammie Lynn Puett (423-974-1542)