Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek News

Chancellor Hosts Open Office Hours on October 28

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will hold open office hours from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28. Chancellor Cheek holds open office hours several times each semester to provide faculty and staff the opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and questions.

Chancellor Provides Update on Top 25 Journey

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UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek shared an update with the UT Board of Trustees last week describing the “dramatic progress” and “tremendous amount of momentum” in the university’s journey to become a Top 25 public research university.

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek Chairs International Fertilizer Center Board

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UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has been elected chair of the board of the International Fertilizer Development Center, a global research effort to develop and commercialize clean, environmentally sustainable, cost-effective, and renewable fertilizers for the developing world. He will serve a three-year term. Cheek has served on the IFDC board of directors since June 2012.

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Big Orange: Campus Welcomes Its Largest Freshman Class in at Least Three Decades


Nearly 4,700 freshmen—the largest first-year class in at least thirty years—will begin classes at UT on August 20. Overall, about 7,400 students will live on campus this fall, about 300 more than last year. While some students have already moved to campus, the big move-in day begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Join Chancellor Cheek for the Annual Fall Kickoff Picnic Monday


Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek invites all Knoxville campus employees to a Fall Kickoff Picnic on Monday, August 18, at the Gate 21 Plaza of Neyland Stadium. The picnic has become an annual employee event during Welcome Week. Monday’s menu will include hot dogs, barbecue and hamburger sliders, homemade potato chips, potato salad, assorted cookies, brownies, and Mayfield ice cream. A vegetarian option will be provided.

RSVP Now for Chancellor’s Thank-You Lunch for Campus Employees


Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is hosting a Spring Thank-You Lunch for campus employees from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at Thompson-Boling Arena. UT employees who responded to the last employee engagement survey asked for more opportunities to see and hear directly from their campus or institute leader. A casual lunch to wrap up the semester will be served buffet style on the ground level of the arena. Employees may RSVP online.

Chancellor Cheek’s April Open Office Hours

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The final open office hours session with Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek for this academic year will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24. Chancellor Cheek began holding open office hours last fall to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to share ideas, thoughts, and questions. If you would like to meet with the chancellor during office hours, please send an e-mail with your request to by Thursday, April 17.

UT Employee Events are Being Improved from Survey Feedback

Some exciting changes are being made to campus employee events in direct response to feedback you provided in the most recent Employee Engagement Survey. UT employees who responded to the survey asked for more opportunities to see and hear directly from their campus or institute leader.