Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success

Katie High is vice president for academic affairs and student success. She served in this role as an interim from August 2010 until January 2013. Prior to this position, she was chief of staff to the UT System president for two years and led the University’s presidential search process in 2010.

Before being named chief of staff, High served in the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Success as associate vice president from 2005 to 2007 and as interim vice president from January 2008 to August 2008.

High was vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 2001 to 2005.  As vice chancellor, she oversaw the admissions and financial aid functions and all traditional student services including student activities and Greek life.

As vice president, High oversees academic and student affairs for the statewide UT System.  She serves as staff to the academic and student affairs committee of the UT Board of Trustees and coordinates mission statements, academic strategic plans, establishment and revision of academic organizations and the admission, progression and retention standards.

High received the doctoral degree in higher education administration from UT in 1982, and she has been on University staff in a variety of capacities for more than 25 years. She has formerly served as the University’s director of management development, director of licensing and associate senior vice president.

High is a native of Ohio and a graduate of Miami University, where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She taught public school in Knoxville and Clinton for nine years.

She has served as president of the Tennessee State American College Testing (ACT) organization, the Weakley County Carl Perkins Abuse Prevention Center, the Martin Literary Guild, the Martin Rotary Club, and the Knoxville Metropolitan Drug Commission. High is a consultant with schools, government agencies and private businesses throughout the country.

She is married to Reggie High, a retired member of UT educational studies faculty. The couple live in Knoxville and have two sons and four grandchildren.