Office of the Chancellor News

Chancellor Cheek’s April Open Office Hours

The final open office hours session with Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek for this academic year will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24. Chancellor Cheek began holding open office hours last fall to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to share ideas, thoughts, and questions. If you would like to meet with the chancellor during office hours, please send an e-mail with your request to by Thursday, April 17.

Chancellor Cheek’s Open Office Hours

As part of the university’s ongoing mission to be a more work-friendly campus, Chancellor Cheek plans to regularly set aside office hours to meet with faculty and staff. The first two dates for scheduled office hours are November 19 and December 10. To schedule a time to meet with the chancellor, send an e-mail with your request to by the close of business on November 15 for the first session or December 5 for the second session.

Vice Chancellor for Diversity Candidate Forums Continue Next Week

The vice chancellor for diversity candidate forums will continue next week. John O. Bello-Ogunu, Sr., associate vice president and chief diversity officer at the College of Charleston, will address the campus and answer questions on Tuesday, October 16. Melva “Cookie” Newsom, director of diversity education and assessment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will address the campus on Thursday, October 18. Both forums will take place in the University Center Shiloh Room.

First Vice Chancellor for Research Candidate to Visit

The first of three candidates for vice chancellor for research visits campus later this week and will lead a public forum for the campus community on Friday, August 10. Daniel Reed, a corporate vice president at Microsoft, will speak and answer questions at a forum from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Haslam Business Building, Room 440. The forum will be web cast live and viewers will be able to submit questions and feedback online.

Campus Makes Strides Toward Climate Action Plan Goal, Completes Chancellor’s Challenge

In February 2011, Chancellor Cheek challenged the campus community to work together to reduce our energy consumption. The Chancellor’s Challenge is now over, and the results are in. The campus has reduced electricity use by one-kilowatt hour per square foot over this past year. We have also saved more than $900,000 in electricity costs.

EUReCA Highlights Undergraduate Achievement

The University of Tennessee’s sixteenth annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement will be held March 28-29 at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Ballroom. EURēCA highlights research and creative projects completed by UT Knoxville students in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Join Chancellor Cheek for a Celebration of Civility and Community on April 15

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek invites the campus to join him in a Celebration of Civility and Community at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, at the University Center Plaza. The celebration will be part of the 26th annual International Festival. The celebration will mark the beginning of a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of our community.

Chancellor Cheek Wants You to Have Lunch…His Treat

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will host a faculty and staff forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, for 50 employees. This is an informal opportunity to talk with the chancellor about your questions or concerns and enjoy a free lunch.