Institute for Public Service News

UT Institute for Public Service Names Naifeh Center Director

The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service has named Macel Ely director of its Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership. Ely, who is currently training program manager for IPS’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, served as a training specialist with the Naifeh Center from 2007-2013. He succeeds former Naifeh Director Gary Peevely, who retired in the

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IPS to Hold Open House at Their New Home

The Institute for Public Service invites all Knoxville-area UT employees to an open house at its new office, 1610 University Avenue, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 14. Refreshments and tours of the building will be available. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to by the end of the day on Monday, January 11.

UT Institute for Public Service Prepares for Off-Campus Move

The UT System’s Knoxville footprint is growing to include the Mechanicsville area with the relocation of the UT Institute for Public Service. Sixty-five people who work in IPS Knoxville offices will move into a building, previously occupied by state of Tennessee employees, at 1610 University Avenue beginning Monday.

MTAS Schedules Women in Public Service Symposium

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service—a UT Institute for Public Service agency—is holding its inaugural Women in Public Service symposium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on November 13. The event is geared toward women in public service who want to develop their professional expertise and expand their network of colleagues in their field.

State Agencies Make Significant Donation to Institute for Public Service

The UT Institute for Public Service is the recipient of a $100,000 endowment from the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund and the Tennessee County Services Loan Program. The endowment is earmarked for the internship programs at the Municipal Technical Advisory Service and the County Technical Assistance Service.

UT Institute for Public Service Assistant Vice President Named to National Board

Steve Thompson, assistant vice president with the UT Institute for Public Service, was recently elected vice president and president-elect of the Southern Consortium of University Public Service Organizations. Thompson was elected to the board position at the association’s annual conference at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Folz Wins IPS Faculty Excellence Award

David Folz, professor of political science and public administration, is the recipient of this year’s Faculty Excellence Award from UT’s Institute for Public Service (IPS). Each year IPS recognizes a faculty member who has worked with the institute or its agencies in the last year and has demonstrated a commitment to public service and excellence in teaching or consulting.