Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has received a top alumni award from Texas A&M University. He was given the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award Saturday at his alma mater in College Station, Texas. Cheek, a 1969 graduate of Texas A&M, was lauded for his mission to make UT a Top 25 public research university, citing record total research expenditures in 2012.
Gov. Phil Bredesen, chairman of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, charged trustees and the university with hiring a president who will lead UT through a new era of great opportunities as it faces unprecedented budgetary challenges. Bredesen attended the board’s annual meeting in Knoxville Thursday, as trustees continued the search process by appointing a search committee.
Faculty, students and staff were recognized at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet Monday night at the University Center. The banquet is the largest UT honors event of the year, and the first for Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, who saluted the accomplishments of key members of the campus community.
It is an honor to begin serving today as chancellor of the Knoxville campus. I’m happy to officially become a Tennessee Volunteer. I look forward to spending time with members of the faculty and staff as well as the student body to learn about our strengths and the wonderful traditions of the university. My primary focus over these next months will be listening and learning as much about the campus and our extended community as I can.