“It is a very sad day on Rocky Top. Volunteers around the world are mourning the loss of the legendary Pat Summitt.”
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek News
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.
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 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.
On Friday, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said it is important to continue to create an environment where diversity, inclusion, and civility is embraced.
A crowd gathered Friday to dedicate the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research within UT’s Haslam College of Business and to honor alumni and benefactors Randy and Jenny Boyd. The Randy and Jenny Boyd Distinguished Professorship was also created, and will be linked to the director of the Boyd Center going forward.
Forbes magazine has ranked UT among the top 20 places to work in higher education in the United States, according to its 2016 America’s Best Employers list.
Knoxville-area faculty, staff, and retirees are invited to the Picnic on the Plaza, to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Thompson-Boling Arena.
The UT Space Institute has resumed its search for a new director to replace the retiring Buddy Moore.
All Tennessee women’s athletics teams will wear a commemorative Lady Vol logo patch on their uniform, honoring the legacy of the Lady Vols during the 2016–2017 season.