President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Knoxville and East Tennessee today is generating plenty of excitement, but it’s not the first time a president or vice president has stopped in the area—or even visited the UT campus. UT Libraries Archivist Alesha Shumar scanned historical files and found several reports of US
Fifty years ago—on November 22, 1963—President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, forever changing American politics. How might history have been different had that fateful day in Dallas not occurred? How did the assassination color the legacy of Kennedy’s short presidency? “The difficulty of assessing Kennedy, which is also part of his glittering memory, is that he was cut off at precisely the right moment,” history professor Dan Feller said. “One is free to imagine all kinds of promises, some of which might have been fulfilled and some of which might have not.”
The University of Tennessee Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting Thursday and named the members of its Search Advisory Council. The Presidential Search Committee was appointed during the UT Board of Trustees annual meeting. The committee, to be chaired by Board of Trustees Vice Chair James Murphy III, will be assisted by the search firm Witt/Keiffer.
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.
“Quarterly, I meet with the UT Employee Relations Advisory Board to address concerns from UT employees,” Interim President Jan Simek said after the ERAB June meeting. “As you know, the ERAB is a statewide group of employees elected to represent you by voicing your concerns during these meetings.”
UT President Jan Simek and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek will meet with UT Knoxville staff members from 3 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium. This event is part of the President’s statewide tour of campuses and institutes. We hope you will be a part of his visit and take this opportunity to hear more about the university’s strategic initiatives, as well as challenges and opportunities for the future.
Thank you to everyone who came to the first annual all-faculty meeting on Monday. Interim President Jan Simek, Faculty Senate President Toby Boulet and I shared information on the state of the university system, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and its faculty.