It’s almost time to kick off a new academic year. Start the semester off right by sharing lunch and spending time with our colleagues. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is hosting a start-of-the-semester picnic on Monday, August 19. All campus employees are invited to join him from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Circle Park.
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The search for the campus’s new vice chancellor for student life is now under way. This critical position serves on the chancellor’s cabinet and leads the Division of Student Life by engaging, serving, and supporting students throughout their academic careers at the university.
Our Board of Trustees yesterday approved a 6 percent tuition increase for returning in-state students. Our new “Take 15, Graduate in 4″ tuition model takes effect this fall for all new full-time freshmen, transfer students, and those who are re-enrolling after a withdrawal or an interruption of a semester or more.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek shared the university’s goals for enhancing summer term with members of the UT Board of Trustees yesterday. UT exceeds the Top 25 average for percentage of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students participating in the summer term. Making the summer term a more viable option for students helps improve the university’s four-year graduation rate. Research shows that summer school promotes student success.
The Board of Trustees passed a budget today that will allow the Knoxville campus to give all eligible employees a pay raise for the third consecutive year. Eligible employees will receive a 1.5 percent across-the-board pay raise or $600, whichever is greater. We also will use an additional 1.5 percent pool to reward our best performers and address market and equity pay issues.
UT has extended Athletics Director Dave Hart’s six-year contract by one year, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced today. Hart was named vice chancellor and director of athletics on September 5, 2011. The contract extension moves its end date to September 18, 2018. It also provides for one additional year with a $50,000 retention bonus.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is a featured speaker today at a gathering of public land grant universities at North Carolina State University. Cheek will be addressing UT’s economic development goals and initiatives as part of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities panel moderated by APLU President Peter McPherson. Cheek is one of three top campus leaders asked to contribute to the discussion.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has announced administrative changes to continue the university’s focus on becoming a Top 25 public research university and to prepare for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools re-accreditation review in 2015.
As we face a transition in our football program, I want to make it clear that we support a mission of comprehensive excellence in our athletics department. Under the leadership of Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director Dave Hart, we will do the things required to return our team to national prominence. As we begin our search for a new coach, I have assured Dave that he will have the support and resources he needs to be successful.
While the journey to become a Top 25 university has already brought about great change, the university must address significant challenges ahead to reach the goal, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek told the UT Board of Trustees on Friday. Cheek updated the board on several aspects of the Top 25 initiative, including the campus’s progress in graduate education, research, and infrastructure and resources.