After a successful career in higher education including a dynamic and productive seven years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chancellor Roger Brown informed me earlier today of his plans to retire.
I have enjoyed working with him since 2006, when he and I both were chancellors. As chancellor, Roger has done an excellent job leading UT Chattanooga and ensuring its success in fulfilling a mission that is vital to the city, the region, and the state.
He is a proud UT alumnus, and his rapport with the community has established a solid foundation for future opportunities. I know community leadership will join us – both in reluctance to see him go and in wishing Roger the very best going forward.
I am grateful Chancellor Brown has agreed to remain in office until his successor is chosen, or until March 31, 2013, whichever is first. We will begin immediately to put a search process in motion and expect to fill the position prior to that end date.
I look forward to continuing to work with Roger during this transition time. Plans were under way to search for a successor to Dr. Phil Oldham, who has done an excellent job as provost. As a result of the Chancellor's plans to retire, we both agree to suspend the search for a new provost until after the next Chancellor is selected.
This is an important time for UTC, which is a key component of the UT System. Be assured that these priorities will have my highest attention. I, senior leadership, and our Trustees all are fully committed to making certain this campus' momentum and missions of excellence continue.
All the best,