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McClung Museum Displays Mate to Tennessee State Artifact

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A prehistoric Native American statue currently on display in the lobby of the McClung Museum is thought to be the female counterpart to a male figure that was named the Tennessee State Artifact in 2014. The pair appears to have been made by the same sculptor between A.D. 1250 and 1350, and the two rank among the finest prehistoric sculptures ever found in the United States. Both statues were found in the 1930s at the Sellars farm in Wilson County, Tennessee.

Cheek’s Legacy Includes Many Points of Pride

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UT Knoxville is a much better university than it was seven years ago when Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek arrived. He has initiated and overseen a lengthy list of improvements—some visible on our campus landscape and others woven into the fabric of our university.

From Undergrad to Grad, Student Leader John Keny Says Thanks

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John Keny worked with Chancellor Cheek as both an undergraduate, as the chief of staff for Student Government Association, and graduate student, as the Graduate Student Senate president. In a personal letter, Keny says he will always be thankful for the opportunities he had to work closely with Cheek.

Chancellor Cheek Announces Plans to Step Down, Transition to Faculty

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced Tuesday, June 21, that he will step down as chancellor and transition to a faculty position teaching higher education leadership sometime in the next academic year. President Joe DiPietro will begin the search for a new chancellor immediately with the goal of filling the job by spring semester 2017.