Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek News

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.

Search for Vice Chancellor for Student Life

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.

Tuition for All New and Returning Students

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.

Cheek Shares Plans to Enhance Summer Term

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.

Board of Trustees Approves Employee Pay Raises

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.

Athletics Director Dave Hart’s Six-Year Contract Extended by One Year

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.