In these challenging times, all of us are determined to keep what is most important first in every action and every decision: the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff – nothing will have a higher priority.
In order to make this the greatest decade in UT history, we must continually seek ways to honor our land-grant mission. We don’t want to measure ourselves by who we exclude; we want to measure ourselves by who we include.
I am convinced, more so than ever, that there is no better time in the University of Tennessee’s history than now. As I look back on the last year, I am encouraged by all that has been accomplished and energized about what’s to come.
It is essential that U.S. higher education institutions connect and engage in the world to bring the good work of our faculty to the public, to build collaborations that strengthen the impact of our knowledge and to harness opportunities for our students and graduates to grow and learn.
I am thrilled that we are able to offer this scholarship to our current undergraduate students who attend our UT campuses across the state. We are committed to helping our students achieve their dream of obtaining an undergraduate degree, and the UT Promise scholarship helps alleviate some of the financial burden many future and current college students face.
It is inspirational to see the amazing men and women who dedicate their lives to making their communities and our state better as Extension agents. They represent our University so well.
We all remember going back to school and our teacher asking us to write an essay on how we spent our summer break?
Opioids and addiction are decimating families and communities across our state. As addiction springs from multiple causes, the fight against it must also come from different fronts. We must work together in order to stop this terrible disease.
Opioids and addiction are decimating families and communities across our state. During the past five years, I’ve traveled to nearly every town in every county, and everywhere I turn lives are being destroyed.
During the last six months, I have had the opportunity to listen and learn from hundreds of UT stakeholders, from students to faculty to staff, legislators to alumni, and from many higher education leaders around the country. The impact we are making in every corner of the state, and literally around the world, is immeasurable. I am honored and humbled to serve.