December 16, 2016

UT Board Approves Beverly Davenport as Knoxville Chancellor

The UT Board of Trustees approved Beverly Davenport to become the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She will begin on February 15. The board met in a special called meeting Thursday in Nashville. Davenport is the first woman to lead UT Knoxville and the second woman chancellor in UT System history. Read more...

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UT Trustees Approve Tim Cross as Institute of Agriculture Chancellor

The UT Board of Trustees voted Thursday to confirm Tim Cross, longtime UT leader and faculty member, as chancellor of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Cross has been serving as interim chancellor since September. He has been with UT for almost 23 years and served as dean of UT Extension from 2008 to 2016 and as assistant dean from 2001 to 2006. Read more...

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UT Board Approves Reorganization; Approves Matthew Scoggins Appointment as General Counsel

The UT Board of Trustees approved a proposal from UT President Joe DiPietro to name current General Counsel Catherine Mizell to the position of chief of staff and special counsel to the board. The president’s proposal recommended the promotion of Matthew Scoggins, who has been serving as deputy general counsel, to general counsel for the university, effective January 1, 2017. Read more...

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UT Named a Best College Value for 2017 by Kiplinger's Personal Finance

UT is ranked 49th on the list of public colleges and universities, which was released this week—a jump from 71st last year. Kiplinger’s chooses the top 300 schools from 1,200 public and private colleges and universities based on measures of academic quality and affordability. Read more...

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Communication Studies Professor Kupritz is Inaugural Swain Professor
Communication Studies Professor Virginia Kupritz has been named the inaugural William H. Swain Professor. The five-year rotating professorship was made possible by a generous gift from Martha S. “Missy” Wallen, who received her bachelor's degree in communication studies in 1974. It is named in honor of her father, William H. Swain, who was also a UT alumnus. Read more...
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UT Police Department Honors Employees at Annual Celebration
The UT Police Department held its annual employee awards on Thursday to recognize members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Those honored during the awards ceremony were: Corporal Lindsey Miller, community service officer of the year; Mike Marcum, non-commissioned staff member of the year; Corporal Tim Cutwright, officer of the year; and Lieutenant Jim Underwood, supervisor of the year. Read more...
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Washington Post, Other Publications Interview Grissino-Mayer About Future of Gatlinburg Post Wildfire
The Washington Post interviewed geography professor Henri Grissino-Mayer for a story examining the future of Gatlinburg following a wildfire that devastated a considerable area around the mountain town. He also continued to talk to local and national media outlets about his research that has predicted a large wildfire in the Gatlinburg area for years. Read more...
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WBIR: Dolly Parton Focal Point of New UT History Class
WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured a UT history class that studied the life of entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton as a way to understand history. Taught by Lynn Sacco, associate professor of history, the class studied Parton's autobiography, listened to her music, and watched her films to learn the ins and outs of this universal icon. Read more...
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Governor's Chair Liu Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Governor's Chair for Power Electronics Yilu Liu has been named a 2016 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Liu serves as deputy director of the National Science Foundation–backed Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks—CURENT—which is housed in UT's Tickle College of Engineering. Read more...
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Final Tennessee Today Issue of 2016

Editor's Note: This is the final issue of Tennessee Today for 2016. We will resume publication in early January. See you in 2017! Read more...

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Announcements
OIT Services to be Interrupted on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST on December 19 Read more...
UT Closed for Winter Holidays and New Year's Day Read more...

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Events
Christmas Carol at Clarence Brown Theatre, Multiple Weekend Performances Read more...
VolShop Offering 30 Percent Off Discount for Faculty and Staff Now Through Dec. 23 at Select Locations Read more...

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