Chancellor News

UT Continually Tweaking Programs to Better Meet State Workforce Needs

UT is listening to the advice of the business community on how the university can better prepare students with skills to meet the state’s workforce needs. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek spoke with a group of business leaders Tuesday at one of several summits Governor Bill Haslam is hosting to discuss the future of higher education.

UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek on APLU Board, Chairs APLU Commission

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is now on the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the nation’s oldest, and one of its leading, higher education associations. He also has been appointed chairman of APLU’s Commission on Food, Environment and Renewable Resources and a member of its Energy Forum.

Chancellor Cheek Thanks UT Veterans

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek thanks the 629 faculty, staff, and students who are active duty U.S. military, veterans, reservists, or members of the National Guard. Today our campus joins universities across the country in honoring the more than 6,300 American casualties of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001, in a day-long observance that includes a reading of casualties’ names and a moment of silence.

Chancellor Signs Power Down Pledge

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has signed the Power Down Pledge, have you? By inking his thumbprint on the pledge poster, the chancellor pledged to reduce his on-campus energy use. The Power Down Pledge is an initiative of Make Orange Green and the Chancellor’s Energy Challenge, an aggressive energy-reduction program aimed at reducing UT’s energy consumption by 10 percent.

Top 25 Progress Update

Since embarking on its journey to become a Top 25 public research university, UT Knoxville has made some good progress in its five priority areas—undergraduate education, graduate education, research, faculty and staff, and financial resources and infrastructure. To view Chancellor Cheek’s recent presentation to the Board of Trustees and to find all of the latest updates, see the new Vol Vision/Top 25 website.

Chancellor Cheek Invites Faculty and Staff to Forum

On Wednesday, May 4, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will host an open forum for faculty and staff. UT’s new fiscal year starts in July, and Chancellor Cheek will give an update on the university’s budget and plans that have already been put in place to offset the decreased state funding. Much of the time will be used for questions and answers about the budget and other topics employees would like to discuss.

Call to Conserve Energy During New Peak Times

Today marks the beginning of Earth Month as well as a change in the way our campus purchases electricity. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek outlines TVA’s new rate structure, which aims to reduce overall consumption during high energy use times, and what the campus community can do to help.

UT Agriculture Chancellor Search Accepting Nominations

UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is chairing the search committee to fill the UT Institute of Agriculture chancellor vacancy. He invites the UT community to help in the search process for this important position in the statewide UT System.