James R. Maples
James R. (Ron) Maples is the University of Tennessee Treasurer.
Maples was elected treasurer March 29, 2017 and reports to the University’s Chief Financial Officer. The Treasurer shall receive and shall have custody of all monies which shall come to the University for the purposes of the University and shall be responsible for the proper handling of such funds in accordance with applicable state statutes and with the policies fixed by the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer shall be responsible for financial accounting, disbursing, and reporting for the University.
Maples has been a University employee for 41 years. His service began with 10 years in internal audit, where he began as a staff auditor and left as director. He served for three years as bursar for UT Knoxville and for 26 years in the controller’s office for which he was named controller in 1990. In 2010, Maples also became part of the chief financial officer’s team, overseeing the UT System budget function. In 2001, he was part of the IRIS/ SAP project team that implemented the University’s enterprise resource planning system. In 2016, he served as interim treasurer and CFO.
Maples earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the UT Knoxville, in 1974. He obtained the designations of certified public accountant in 1979 and certified internal auditor in 1982.
Maples has been the University’s primary representative to the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) since 1990 and served on the COGR Board from 2008-2014. He was COGR treasurer from 2010 to 2014, and 2016 to present; and on the COGR costing committee from 2005 to 2014. He served as assistant treasurer for the University’s development foundation and research foundation.
He also served on several University committees including the president’s strategic plan steering committee, the 2010 presidential search committee and chaired both the strategic plan fiscal policy committee and the uniform guidance policy committee. Maples was a member of the UT-Battelle bid team that in 2000 won the U.S. Department of Energy’s contract to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory and he served as a member of the transition team in the University assuming its role as lab co-manager.
Maples is a past president of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and, he is a past board member of the UT Federal Credit Union.
Maples is a Knoxville native and active in his local church. He is married to the former Susan C. Hagerman of Knoxville, a 1976 graduate of the UT Knoxville College of Nursing. Their three children, Aaron, Julie and Marly, all are UT alumni, and the family also includes four grandchildren.