KNOXVILLE–Dr. James Buchanan, 1986 winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, will speak at Dr. J. Wade Gilley’s inauguration as 20th president of the University of Tennessee Nov. 5.
Buchanan, Harris University Professor at George Mason University, received the master’s in economics from UT in 1941. He and Gilley were colleagues at George Mason when the new UT president was senior vice president there from 1982 to 1991.
The ceremony will begin with a pre-inaugural concert at 1:30 p.m. in Thompson-Boling arena. It and the inauguration are open to the public. Gov. Don Sundquist will administer the oath of office and present the Presidential Medallion.
Buchanan also will speak at 11 a.m. in the University Center auditorium. His talk, “The University of Tennessee That Might Yet Be,” is open to the public.
Gilley came to UT Aug. 1 from Marshall, where he served as president for eight years.
Two other external speakers and Gilley colleagues will speak at the inauguration — Dr. Carolyn Karr, history professor at Marshall University, and Dr. Frank Mathews, publisher of Black Issues in Higher Education.
Rep. Jimmy Naifeh, speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and A. C. Wharton, chairman of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, also are schedule to speak.