Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek News

Chancellor Meets with President Obama Again About Higher Ed Access

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is meeting with a group led by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, DC, today to address increasing college access for low-income students. This is the second time this year Cheek has been invited by the White House to discuss this issue. Cheek will share UT’s commitment aimed at increasing STEM graduates by 20 to 25 percent with a primary focus on underrepresented students. Find more information on the College Opportunity Day of Action summit, or watch it live at

Chancellor to Meet with President Obama Again About Higher Ed Access

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek

For the second time this year, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is meeting with a group led by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, to address increasing college access for low-income students. The event is the White House’s second College Opportunity Day of Action and will build on efforts from the first summit, which was held in January. The meeting takes place at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and will be streamed live at

UT Wins APLU’s Prestigious National Trailblazer Award


The university has won a prestigious national honor for improving its retention and graduation rates. At its meeting this morning in Orlando, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities honored UT with its “Most Visible Progress” Trailblazer award. Now in its second year, the award encourages colleges and universities to make retention and graduation a high priority by rewarding and highlighting programs that work.

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.