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.
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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.
All UT Knoxville campus faculty and staff are invited to have lunch and talk with Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek at noon, Thursday, October 18 in the Executive Dining Room of the University Center. Chancellor Cheek will begin the hour with an update about the university, but will save most of the time for answering your questions. The first fifty faculty or staff members to register will receive a free boxed lunch.
This past Saturday was Move-in Day on UT’s campus. More than 4,200 freshmen packed up their most prized possessions, recruited family and friends—preferably with strong arms—and made the trek to their new residence halls rooms. One of their move-in helpers was Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, who wasn’t afraid to break a sweat lifting large boxes and bins.
Director of Women’s Athletics Joan Cronan was honored at the UT Board of Trustees meeting yesterday for her commitment to student-athletes, UT, and the community. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced the university will remove “interim” from before Cronan’s title of vice chancellor and director of athletics, the position she held from June 9 to September 5, 2011, prior to Dave Hart’s appointment. The move makes Cronan the first person in UT history to hold that position.
How do we make UT an even better place to work? Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek posed the question during overview sessions for the 2011 Employee Engagement Survey held on Tuesday. Last spring, 43 percent of the Knoxville campus faculty and exempt staff responded to the survey. In the fall, 57 percent of all non-exempt employees participated. The survey asked about job satisfaction, work culture, leadership, and professional development, among other topics.
What is the role of the university in meeting the nation and world’s energy challenges? University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is part of a conference being held this week at The Ohio State University (OSU) to explore that question.Sponsored by OSU, Colorado State University, and the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities, the three-day event has brought together public university, industry, and government leaders from around the country to discuss the evolving role of the university in solving substantial questions about energy in the twenty-first century.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that despite having less money and fewer faculty, UT Knoxville is actually enrolling and graduating more students, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math majors. And while there are fewer faculty, those faculty are increasing the amount of research and contract work they are performing.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek invites faculty and staff to attend the open sessions with the finalists for the president of the university system. Candidate forums will take place Tuesday and Wednesday Oct. 12 and 13, and will be webcast.