Miller Energy Resources Inc., a high-growth oil and natural gas exploration, production, and drilling company headquartered in Knoxville has partnered with UT’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences to support a graduate fellowship in petroleum geology. The Miller Energy Fellowship is unique in terms of industrial support commonly provided by a fellowship.
President Barack Obama recently nominated UT alumnus Kenneth L. Mossman to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Now a professor of health physics at Arizona State University, Mossman is an expert in radiation health and safety. He received his master’s degree in 1970 and doctorate in 1973, both from UT, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced today that more than 32,500 alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty, staff, and corporate partners invested more than $92.4 million in the university in 2012-13 through philanthropic gifts, pledges, and future commitments. Of the $92.4 million total, $72 million was received in cash gifts, making cash gifts received up nearly $9 million from the previous year.
More than 200 gift tags are being hung all over campus to celebrate “Thank A Giver” (TAG) day on Friday, April 20. The event celebrates the success of the $1 billion Campaign for Tennessee. The most ambitious fund-raising effort in the university’s history, the campaign raised $1.3 billion over six years for the statewide systems, placing UT in an elite group of less than thirty universities to achieve this goal. More than $860 million is dedicated to UT Knoxville programs.
UT Knoxville alumnus and Garmin International, Inc. founder Min H. Kao helped dedicate the new $37.5 million engineering building named in his honor—a state-of-the art addition to UT’s iconic Hill and a needed addition to one of UT’s fastest growing colleges.
Seeking to give the greatest gift—a college education—Peyton and Ashley Manning have made a significant investment in the Peyton Manning Scholarship Endowment. Their generous gift will offer financial assistance to two UT students annually.
Dozens of UT Knoxville students have Regal Entertainment Group to thank for helping make their education possible. The Regal Foundation is contributing up to $100,000 annually to support scholarships which benefit forty young Volunteers.
An internal search has begun to fill the vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs position for the Knoxville campus. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced last month that Linda Davidson, who currently serves as vice chancellor, will be joining the UT system staff. Applications are being accepted through October 19.
UT Knoxville has hired a chief development officer for the Memphis area. Leslie Murphy has more than 10 years of fundraising experience, with most of her career spent in higher education.
UT Knoxville alumnus Clay Jones and his wife, Debbie, have donated $1 million to provide funding for the university’s student leadership program. Jones, Rockwell Collins chairman, president, and chief executive officer, visited campus last week to discuss plans for the gift, which will fund the Jones Director of Leadership Programming in the student affairs division.