Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek News

UT-Pellissippi Sign Agreement Enhancing Volunteer Bridge Program

L to R: Matthew Krebs, Pellissippi Community College President Anthony Wise, UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, and Marcus Hudson. Krebs, of Knoxville, is a sophomore in political science. He attended Knoxville Catholic High School and was in the 2012-13 bridge cohort. Hudson, of Memphis, is from the 2011-12 cohort and is now a junior in kinesiology.

A bridge program that allows students to have dual enrollment and seamless transfer between Pellissippi State Community College and UT will open its doors to more students and become more affordable, thanks to changes being implemented for the coming year. UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and Pellissippi President Anthony Wise met at 10:00 a.m. today to sign a memorandum of understanding enhancing the Volunteer Bridge Program.

Chancellor Hosts Breakfast for Facilities Workers Battling Cold-Weather Issues

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Facilities Services employees were recognized this week for their service above and beyond the call of duty during recent freezing weather. Chancellor Cheek invited more than 170 employees to breakfast to extend his personal thanks. This month’s plummeting temperatures, rain, and snow have resulted in broken pipes and flooding at numerous sites around campus. Employees have worked extended shifts to address the problems.

Help Us Dedicate Pat Summitt Plaza This Friday


Join Chancellor Cheek and other officials tomorrow as the campus celebrates the greatest basketball coach ever, Lady Vols Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt, with the dedication of Pat Summitt Plaza. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. This historic day gives the campus community a special opportunity to thank Coach Summitt for her nearly forty years of service. This will be a very special Big Orange Friday for our campus, so come out and wear your orange.

Chancellor Cheek Attends Education Policy Meeting at the White House

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek was part of a small group meeting at the White House Tuesday where he and other higher education leaders shared their thoughts about education and economic policy and learned more about new national initiatives. Along with representing UT, Cheek was there in his role as a board member for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities with several other leaders of large universities.

Chancellor Cheek’s Open Office Hours

As part of the university’s ongoing mission to be a more work-friendly campus, Chancellor Cheek plans to regularly set aside office hours to meet with faculty and staff. The first two dates for scheduled office hours are November 19 and December 10. To schedule a time to meet with the chancellor, send an e-mail with your request to by the close of business on November 15 for the first session or December 5 for the second session.

Songwriters’ Original Manuscript of ‘Tennessee Waltz’ Given to UT’s Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

US Senator Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey, along with three other couples, have given UT the original manuscript of “Tennessee Waltz” to be displayed prominently in the university’s new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. Alexander presented the lead sheet to Haslam today before playing “Tennessee Waltz” on the piano for her and a gathering of the music center’s supporters at the building’s dedication.

Employees Enjoy Lunch with Chancellor Cheek

ore than 1,800 UT Knoxville employees joined Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek for lunch yesterday at a start-of-the-semester picnic in Circle Park. The lunch provided an opportunity for employees to unwind before the fall semester officially kicks off tomorrow.

Reminder about Employee Picnic Today at Circle Park

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The new semester kicks off on Wednesday. Start the academic year off on the right foot by sharing lunch and spending time with your colleagues. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is hosting a start-of-the-semester picnic today in Circle Park. All campus employees are invited to join him from noon to 1:30 p.m. Seating at the lunch is tented and the event will take place rain or shine.

Join Chancellor Cheek for an Employee Picnic on August 19

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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.