Koontz Interim Dean of Newly Formed UT College

KNOXVILLE — Dr. John W. Koontz, University of Tennessee biochemistry professor and director of the Division of Biology, has been named interim dean of the newly organized UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Dr. Loren Crabtree, UT Vice President and Provost, said Koontz would assume his new duties on June 15, 2002.

Koontz came to the Department of Biochemistry in 1981 from the

Dr. John W. Koontz

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He had served as head of the department since 1992 before becoming division director in August 2001.

Koontz also was a member of the steering committee of the UT-ORNL Graduate School for Genome Science and Technology.

Originally from Indiana, he received the bachelor-s degree from Earlham College in Richmond and the Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His main field of interest is functional genomics.

Koontz will head the new college, which was formed by the consolidation of the colleges of Education and Human Ecology, until a permanent dean is named, Crabtree said.

Education Dean Glennon Rowell and Human Ecology Dean Jim Moran formerly headed the two colleges.

“The outgoing deans, Glennon Rowell and Jim Moran, have provided effective and dedicated service for their colleges. They have earned our admiration and gratitude,” Crabtree said.

“We congratulate Dr. Koontz and wish him well in this challenging new endeavor.”