Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek News

Campus Celebration Thanks Tickle for Legacy of Support

John D. Tickle, benefactor for the newly named Tickle College of Engineering, shakes hands with guests at a celebration of the naming on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, as UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek looks on.

Hundreds of UT students, faculty, and staff turned out on the plaza between Ferris and Perkins Halls on Thursday, November 3, for a celebration honoring John D. Tickle and the naming of the Tickle College of Engineering. Tickle was presented with tokens of appreciation including thank you notes written by many of the college’s 4,000 students.

UT to Battle the University of Florida in Voting Registration Competition

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For the upcoming election, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has challenged the University of Florida Bob Graham Center in a friendly competition to register the most students to vote. Students who will be eighteen years or older by Election Day November 8 can register online or in person at the Baker Center.

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.

UT Dedicates Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research

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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.