The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved Thursday a $1.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2011 which includes the final year of federal stimulus funding and a 9 percent tuition increase at the Knoxville, Martin and Chattanooga campuses.
Gov. Phil Bredesen, chairman of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, charged trustees and the university with hiring a president who will lead UT through a new era of great opportunities as it faces unprecedented budgetary challenges. Bredesen attended the board’s annual meeting in Knoxville Thursday, as trustees continued the search process by appointing a search committee.
The Campaign for Tennessee, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the 216-year history of the University of Tennessee, has reached its $1-billion goal 18 months ahead of schedule. While the campaign’s official end is not until December 2011, a total of $1,023,331,880 already has been committed. “This monumental success of reaching our goal early is a grand statement by our alumni and friends that they believe in the work of our faculty and leadership as well as the importance of the University of Tennessee in their lives and in the future of our state,” said UT Interim President Jan Simek. The gift that put the campaign over the top came from the family of UT Board of Trustees member Charles C. Anderson Jr., CEO of Anderson Media Corp., and his wife, Moll, an author; lifestyle, marketing and communications expert; and TV host.
Interim UT President Jan Simek has recommended that Steve J. Schwab, M.D. be elected chancellor for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Simek recommended Schwab to head the Memphis-based UT Health Science Center at a meeting of the Executive and Compensation Committee in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the UT Board of Trustees in Knoxville. The committee approved Simek’s recommendation and will forward it to the full Board of Trustees for action on Thursday.
Lane restrictions on Cumberland Avenue between 16th Street and James Agee Street have been extended to run through this weekend. The lane closures were originally scheduled to end at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 20, and to resume at 7 a.m., Monday, May 24. Sewer system upgrades in the area necessitate work through the weekend.
It takes a lot of energy to be Jackie Young, which is a good thing because energy just happens to be Young’s specialty. When the nuclear engineering major at UT Knoxville, wasn’t in class or the library, or playing her clarinet in the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, she was planning science bowls and community service events.
You expect to see professors at UT Knoxville inside classrooms sharing their knowledge with students. But away from the public eye, hundreds of faculty members are conducting research, growing the knowledge in their field and penning books about their findings to share with the world.
Even during challenging economic times, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is making progress on key strategic goals by adding as many as 77 new graduate assistantships and fellowships in just this past year.
UT Knoxville’s Employee and Organizational Development office is now offering all Microsoft Office classes in the latest version, 2007, to university employees. These new courses cover some of the most commonly used Microsoft software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.