Evan Beech

Director of Specialized Giving

UT Foundation, Inc.
 

Evan Beech is the Director of Specialized Giving for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and is currently serving on an administrative appointment as the liaison for the UT Foundation for the University of Tennessee, Southern. In his role at the Institute, Evan helps constituents reach their philanthropic goals through a variety of giving avenues. At UT Southern, he is a resource to connect advancement operations on campus with the UT Foundation. He also assists in the development of strategic initiatives for the newest member of the UT family.

Evan has been employed with UT since receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since that time, he has also received his master’s degree from the Herbert College of Agriculture.

Beech is a member of the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Corporation. He is also a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture; and is on the Board of Directors of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association.



 

Doug Bohner

Human Resource Officer

UT Institute of Agriculture

 

Doug Bohner serves as the Human Resources Officer for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, a role he has held since joining UT in 2018. Bringing twenty years of HR experience in Fortune 100 companies including The Walt Disney Company and Express Scripts, Doug provides strategic guidance to the Institute’s leadership team while collaborating system-wide to drive broad scope HR initiatives. Leading UTIA’s HR function, Doug and his team provide full-service HR solutions both on campus and in Extension offices and AgResearch Centers in all 95 counties across the state.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from West Chester University and a Master of Human Resources from Rollins College. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). In addition to experience as an HR Generalist, Doug has functional expertise in Organization Development, HR Compliance Investigations and Employee Relations.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Doug enjoys woodworking, home improvement and collecting as many tools as possible. He met his wife Laura while both were working at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and, along with their three children, returned to Laura’s hometown of Knoxville just a few years ago.



 

Jeff Brooks

Executive Associate Dean, Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

UT Health Science Center

 

Dr. Jeffrey Brooks is currently the Executive Associate Dean at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and is responsible for all aspects of college operations. As the chief operations officer he holds the second highest leadership position within the college. Dr. Brooks is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and is a Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with over 29 years of practice experience. He provides resident coverage for major maxillofacial trauma cases treated in a Level I Trauma, treatment for major benign maxillofacial pathology cases, reconstruction of large maxillofacial defects following ablation procedures and orthognathic surgery for skeletal malocclusion. Dr. Brooks also serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs with oversight of student and patient related clinical activities in the college’s pre- and post-doctoral patient treatment centers. His research interests include pain management, digital imaging and 3D CBCT radiography. Dr. Brooks has published articles in professional journals including the Journal of the American Dental Association, Head and Neck Surgery, Additive Behaviors, Clinical Pediatrics, Pain and several other peer reviewed journals. Dr. Brooks has lectured both nationally and international since 2008 on topics related to digital workflows in the dental and surgical practice with a special emphasis on cone beam CT technology.


 

Nancy Buschhaus

Interim Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

UT Martin

 

Dr. Nancy Buschhaus is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She has been with UT Martin for 25 years pursing her passion of enabling undergraduates to succeed in their academic pathways in biology both in the classroom and as a part of the experiential learning endeavors offered by engagement in undergraduate research. Prior to being appointed as Interim Chair in 2020, Nancy has been Undergraduate Council Chair of UT Martin’s Faculty Senate, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Chair, and was involved in committee work such as that associated with strategic enrollment initiatives and faculty evaluation.

Nancy is a first-generation college student who strongly feels that higher education enlightens, inspires, and empowers future generations of students to improve the lives of, and provide parity to, people of all backgrounds and all ethnicities. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Zoology from Miami University of Ohio and her doctorate at The Ohio State University.

While Nancy’s students like to call her Batwoman due to her love of educating everyone about the wonder of her furry flying research subjects, she denies any knowledge of capes, batarangs, or secret caves.



 

Brian Daniels

Chief Audit & Compliance Officer

UT System Administration

 

Brian began serving as the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer at The University of Tennessee System in 2019. Previously, he served 15 years in higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia, primarily at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech where he last served as the Director of Internal Audit. With an early career focus on IT Audit, his undergraduate degree was from Virginia Tech, and he received an MBA from James Madison University.

Under Brian’s leadership, Audit and Compliance, with more than 20 professionals, is a systemwide resource for the University of Tennessee, reporting directly to the Audit and Compliance Committee of the UT Board of Trustees. Offices are located on the Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Martin campuses. The audit team prioritizes audit projects focused on high-risk topical areas, as well as efficiency, compliance, information technology, and fraud investigations. The compliance function includes the institutional compliance program as well as system-wide coordination and oversight for Title IX and the Clery Act. Institutional Compliance monitors more than 350 regulations.



 

Ellie Dougherty

Director of Marketing

UT System Administration

 

As the director of marketing for the University of Tennessee System, Ellie Dougherty’s favorite part of her job is being part of a team that takes an idea, makes it better and brings it to life. Her focus since joining the University in 2007 has been telling UT’s story of statewide impact in strategic and creative ways that inform, engage and call to action Tennesseans and audiences across the country. In her role as director of marketing, she is responsible for coordinating marketing and branding activities for the UT System, including development and execution of the “Everywhere You Look, UT” marketing campaign that includes painting 95 murals across Tennessee. Additional areas of responsibility include public opinion research, advertising and special event support. She also oversees team members responsible for web development and graphic design. Prior to joining UT, she held positions in marketing at Baptist Health System and Aramark.

Ellie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from UT Knoxville. She is a lecturer in the UT Knoxville College of Communications and is committed to preparing her students to succeed in the workplace. She was recognized by Knoxbiz.com as a member of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 and has received numerous professional awards, including the Volunteer Chapter PRSA Award of Excellence in Mentorship in 2016. She is a graduate of the UT Leadership Institute and serves as a UT Promise mentor. As a breast cancer survivor, Ellie is passionate about healthcare advocacy and served as a 2020 BigWig Fundraising Champion for The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ellie and her husband, Andrew, enjoy cheering on the Vols, spending time on Fort Loudon Lake and pouring their energy into raising her 8-year-old daughter, Emery.



 

Vicki Farnsworth

Chief Information Officer

UT Chattanooga

 

Vicki is the Vice Chancellor of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She arrived in Tennessee in January of 2019. She comes to UTC from Purdue University in Indiana, where she had a 25-year career in a variety of campus roles. Notably, she spent 5 years as the Managing Director for an NSF-funded Nanotechnology research grant that provided modeling and simulation capability to students, researchers, and instructors via nanohub.org.

Her final role at Purdue was the executive director of enterprise solutions, where she led a team and was responsible for setting the technology direction for students, faculty and administrative areas of Purdue through a broad application portfolio.

Beyond being a longtime employee, she also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Leadership from Purdue.

Vicki is excited to be a part of the class of 2021 Executive Leadership Institute. She knows that the networking opportunities will help her be more impactful in her current role and beyond.



 

Edie Gibson

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor

UT Martin

 

Edie Gibson serves as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, a role that she has held under the past six UT Martin Chancellors. In addition to her duties in support of the Chancellor, she serves as Secretary to the UT Martin Advisory Board, Institutional Compliance chair for the campus, and in an oversight role with a campus-wide team for Clery Act reporting. During a 32-year career at Martin, she has held leadership roles with Institutional Research and Athletics as Senior Woman Administrators, among other special university-wide projects.

After graduating from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Journalism, she began her higher education journey working in University Relations at Auburn University and Walters State Community College and in Financial Aid at Carson Newman College. She is married to Michael, a UT Martin Professor of Geology, and they have a daughter, Kesley, (UTM ’12), with her doctorate in marine biology and a son, Brandt, (UTM ’15), with his doctorate in Earth and Environmental Sciences. In her spare time, Edie enjoys visiting her grand pups (along with their children and spouses), reading British mysteries, and walking beaches.



 

Teresa Hartnett

Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, College of Medicine

UT Health Science Center

 

As the Associate Dean of Finance & Administration in the College of Medicine, Teresa Hartnett serves at the chief financial and administrative officer for the College, overseeing a state-funded budget of more than $72 million. She provides leadership in college-wide budgeting, staffing and resource utilization analyses, with a focus on identifying the most efficient and effective use of fiscal and human resources. Before joining UTHSC, Teresa served in several administrative leadership roles at the University of Memphis, where she led the institutional administrative process improvement initiative and directed the implementation of an institutional pilot Shared Services Center, both designed to capture efficiency and effectiveness gains and drive sustainable change. Prior to that time, she worked for the World Bank for five years, researching educational issues in Sub Saharan Africa.

She earned her doctorate in higher education from the University of Memphis; a Master’s in Public Finance from New York University; and a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from George Washington University.

Teresa is currently active nationally in the AAMC’s Group on Business Affairs, and previously served various leadership roles with the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI), including a two-year term as President.



 

Adam Heller

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

UT Foundation, Inc.

 

Adam Heller serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the UT Foundation where he directs the strategy and oversight of all financial and talent management activities for an organization with over $500 million in assets. Originally from West Virginia, Adam came to the UT Foundation after serving as the Director of Finance for the WVU Foundation in Morgantown. He has over a decade of experience in higher education strategic financial management and in his current role directs the Foundation’s business office operations, asset & treasury management, budget administration and HR practices. Since arriving in Tennessee, Adam implemented a new investment strategy for the Foundation, which doubled the long-term earnings expectations and lead the installation of an enhanced strategic total rewards compensation philosophy.

Heller earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business management and industrial relations from West Virginia University. Adam is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
By joining the Leadership Institute, Adam is eager to build a strong network with other effective leaders and grow his leadership capabilities to meet the needs of UT.



 

Pam Jeffreys

Risk Management Director

UT System Administration

 

Pamela Jeffreys has been the Director of Risk Management for the University of Tennessee System since 2016. In her role, she oversees commercial insurance, claims, and other risk management services.

Pam received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate of Risk Management (ARM), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Associate of Insurance (AINS) designations.

Pam is a member of URMIA and held a position on their Board of Directors, the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research, The Institutes Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society and serves on the Great Smoky Mountains CPCU Board. She serves on several committees at the University of Tennessee, including the Safety Committee, Institutional Compliance Committee, Student Health Advisory Committee, and the Emergency Operations Center Committee.

By participating in the ELI program, Pam endeavors to broaden her scope and understanding of other areas of higher education, prepare her for additional roles and responsibilities within the UT System and fine tune her leadership skills. She is looking forward to collaborating with diverse, like-minded individuals across the University system and engage with renowned mentors.

She is married and has two children and one grandson.



 

Mark La Branche

Chancellor

UT Southern

 

Dr. Mark La Branche began his duties as the president of Martin Methodist College (MMC) on July 1, 2017. Before coming to MMC, La Branche served as President of Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC for 8 ½ years and Senior Vice President at Huntingdon College for 7 years. Mark entered into Higher Education as a Director of Church Relations, after 10 years in the health field most recently in the role of Respiratory Therapist, and 18 years of parish ministry as an elder in the Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Mark completed his undergraduate education at Pensacola Junior College and the University of South Alabama. He holds graduate degrees from Emory University Candler School of Theology and Boston University School of Theology.

Mark serves on the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and on has served on several boards including the board of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and ZOE Empowers – a ministry in Africa and India that provides a pathway for orphans from abject poverty and dependence to a sustainable and interdependent life. He is also a member of the Pulaski Rotary Club.

On July 1, 2021, Dr. La Branche began his service as the first Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Southern. He also serves on the University of Tennessee Foundation Board of Trustees.

Mark is married to Mona and celebrating 41 years of marriage. They have two children and three grandchildren.



 

Mónica Lebrón

Deputy Athletics Director for Championship Resources

UT Knoxville

 

Dr. Mónica Lebrón joined Tennessee’s executive leadership team in February 2021 as Deputy AD for Championship Resources.

Prior to her hiring at Tennessee, Lebrón oversaw all internal and external day-to-day operations for Tulane athletics as deputy AD/chief operating officer dating to 2016. She also served as chief diversity officer for the Green Wave.

A native of San Jose, California, Lebrón was Tulane’s sport administrator for football, women’s basketball, beach volleyball and sailing. She also directed revenue-generation efforts for Tulane’s comprehensive athletics program.

Lebrón’s time at Tulane was preceded by four years of senior-level experience in the Southeastern Conference. She worked as an assistant AD for development at Ole Miss in 2012 before being elevated to associate AD in 2014. She then transitioned to Georgia, where she served as associate AD for development. Under her direction, the UGA athletics development team raised a then-record $56.96 million for the 2016 fiscal year.

In addition to her time at Georgia and Ole Miss, Lebrón served n major gift fundraising at Cal, where she fostered a portfolio of more than 500 donors. She also worked in various capacities at Florida with Gator Boosters, Inc. working closely with UF’s athletics alumni base.

A 2001 Yale graduate, Lebrón was a four-year letterwinner and starter on the Bulldogs’ softball team. She then earned her master of Sports Administration and MBA from Ohio University in 2003.

Most recently, in the spring of 2019, she earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tulane.



 

Stacy Lightfoot

Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Engagement

UT Chattanooga

 

Stacy Lightfoot joined the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this year as the institution’s first Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement. In this role, she serves as a catalyst to foster a more inclusive campus community and provides strategic leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to UTC, Stacy was the Executive Vice President at PEF where she worked for twelve years facilitating partnerships with regional and national constituencies to achieve parity in student educational outcomes.

In 2015, Stacy testified before the US Senate regarding what families need to know to make informed decisions about college. In 2017, she was invited back to D.C. to speak to congressional staff about simplifying the federal financial aid form. She has received numerous awards throughout her 22-year career in college access and success, including the 2016 National Excellence in Education Award. Previous recipients include former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Ben Carson.

Stacy participated in Leadership Tennessee in 2019 and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program in 2017. She earned a BA degree in Communications from DePauw University and MA degree in International Service from the University of Roehampton in London, England.



 

Paul Luepke

Chair, Department of Periodontology

College of Dentistry
UT Health Science Center

 

Dr. Paul Luepke is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry. He was also the chair of the infection control committee which became vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, the re-opening of the dental school, and continued safe operations.

Dr. Luepke’s academic career began after serving 21 years in the United States Navy at seven different duty stations. He retired as the director of Naval Station Great Lakes USS Osborne recruit dental facility in 2008. There he led 105 dentists and 250 support staff in delivering care to 40,000 recruits annually. Prior to that, he was in Iraq with the First Marine Division dental platoon officer in charge during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His academic career began at Marquette School of Dentistry. There he served as the Chair of Surgical Sciences, supporting the departments of endodontics, oral pathology, oral surgery, and periodontics. Dr. Luepke initiated and built a periodontics specialty program at the school with a $1.8 million dollar clinic build-out and successful accreditation.

Dr. Luepke is currently a Director of the American Board of Periodontology. This specialty board examines and certifies with diplomate (board status) the highest achievers in the profession. He is also a member of the review committee of the Commission of Dental Accreditation for the periodontal specialties. Dr. Luepke lectures on periodontal and dental implant dentistry at the national and international level. His research interest is Peri-Implant Disease.



 

Mark McCloud

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

UT Martin

 

Dr. Mark McCloud has over 26 years of experience which includes financial services, K-12 schools, mental health, non-profits, and higher education. Mark’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive, and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that develop organizations and people to reach their greatest potential. Currently, McCloud serves as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer at the University of Tennessee at Martin where he provides oversight to the Chancellor’s Cabinet and university community on issues concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Dr. McCloud holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin and earned a master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Personnel Services as well as doctoral degree in Higher Education for the University of Mississippi.

McCloud, a nationally recognized educator, change agent, and motivational speaker has appeared in regional and national media outlets, most notably Forbes. He is the co-host of Two Sisters and The Doc Podcast, a podcast focusing on race, relationships, boundaries, and careers. Mark is also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Southern Association for College and Employers, the Past-President of the Martin, TN Rotary Club, and the 2020 recipient of the Mosaic Award from SoACE for work in diversity and inclusion. His philanthropic interests include St. Jude, the Komen foundation and the Boy and Girls Club.

Mark and his wife Candice resident in Martin, TN. Their daughter Brayden is a freshman at the University of Mississippi. When not working he enjoys jazz, chess, and spending time with his family.



 

Holly Mercer

Senior Associate Dean

UT Knoxville

 

Holly Mercer joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012 and currently is senior associate dean and professor in the UT Libraries. Her work history includes positions at Stanford, University of Kansas, and Texas A&M. Holly is globally recognized for her work in scholarly communication and publishing, digital repositories, and research information management. Holly believes libraries are central to learning and innovation, that research libraries can accomplish more through collaboration, and that openness and integrity in the research process are keys to future breakthroughs and discoveries. She received an award for Extraordinary Collaborations in Research Compliance and Safety at UT. For many years, Holly served on the Open Repositories steering committee and organized an annual international conference. She currently serves as chair of the Board of Governors for HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from Duke and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina.


 

Jorge Pérez

Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

UT System Administration

 

Dr. Jorge Pérez joined the UT System in 2018 after twenty years in Georgia, where he was vice provost for institutional effectiveness, SACSCOC accreditation liaison, and professor of information systems at Kennesaw State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in information systems from Florida State University. Digital literacy is the focus of his current research.

The recipient of a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, Jorge spent the 2013 academic year in Boston analyzing the strategic plans of constituents of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Informing Science Institute and the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Council on International Relations; he has served on the boards of the Latin American Association and the Atlanta Electronic Commerce Forum. Jorge has industry experience as a systems analyst, web developer, and consultant. He was inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame in 2019.

Jorge is an Ironman Lake Placid finisher who enjoys running, cycling, teaching spin classes, and hiking with his pit bull, Murphy.



 

Craig Pickett

Director for Diversity

UT Institute of Agriculture

 

Craig Pickett, Jr. serves as the inaugural Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Craig is extremely passionate about student success, higher education management, and DEI efforts, with extensive experience working on college campuses and non-profits across the nation. In his spare time, Craig is an active member of his community. He serves as Board Member for Girl Talk, Inc., a non-profit focusing on the academic, personal, and professional development for young girls throughout Knoxville. He also serves as an Advisory Council Member for the Knoxville Area Urban League, National Achievers Society, a scholastic organization empowering underrepresented high school scholars. Furthermore, he serves as a Mentor for Emerald Youth Foundation. Lastly, he serves as the Board Co-Chair for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s Young Leaders Collective. Craig earned his bachelor’s in political science (Davidson College) in 2008 and a master’s in student affairs in higher education (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) in 2010. He is currently completing his PhD in higher education administration from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (2022).


 

Susan Robertson

Communications Manager

Institute for Public Service

 

Susan Robertson serves as communications manager with the Institute for Public Service, a role she’s held for 13 years. She oversees communication and marketing strategy for the institute’s six agencies, serves as writer and editor for all marketing materials and maintains IPS’s digital media channels.

She came to UT after spending more than 20 years in the communications field with various private sector companies. Before coming to UT, she served as a manager in corporate communications with Scripps Networks in Knoxville.

A native of Roanoke, Va., she graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication (journalism) in 1987. She started her career as a reporter with The Mountain Press newspaper in Sevierville. During her seven years with the newspaper, she worked as a sportswriter, features writer and general assignment reporter. She’s also worked as an account executive with two Knoxville public relations agencies and as public relations director/assistant general manager with a minor league hockey team in the East Coast Hockey League.

She received her master’s degree in strategic leadership from ETSU in 2015.



 

Robby Shelton

Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration

UT Southern

 

Robby Shelton currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration at the University of Tennessee Southern located in Pulaski, TN (formerly Martin Methodist College). He serves as the chief financial officer and supervises all budget and fiscal matters, personnel and operations, as well as facilities, admissions, campus life, and auxiliary services. Robby graduated Martin in 1985 and furthered his education at Middle Tennessee State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in English and Political Science in 1988. He has spent over 33 years in various roles at Martin Methodist College. He began his career in recruiting and soon became VP for Campus Life and Enrollment Management. In 2016, he became Interim President while a presidential search was conducted. After the search was completed, Robby served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2017, he was awarded the Servant Leadership Alumni Award affirming his lifelong service to the college, his church, and his community. In 2019, Robby graduated from TICUA’s Executive Leadership Institute.

Robby is married to Julie Shelton (Martin 2000) and they have five children.



 

Timothy Sigler

Assistant Vice President for Government Relations & Advocacy

UT System Administration

 

A Nashville native, Tim Sigler is the Assistant Vice President for Government Relations & Advocacy for the UT System. For the past decade, he has served in varying roles in state government, particularly for the Tennessee State Senate. Most recently, he served as Senior Legislative Advisor to the Lt. Governor. In that role, he was appointed as a staff representative on the State Building Commission, a member of the Council of State Governments’ Shared State Legislation Committee, and a member of the Legislative Sick Leave Bank Advisory Committee. Before that, Tim held the positions of Executive Assistant for Policy and Research to the Lt. Governor and Research Analyst for the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee.

In his current role, Tim acts as a liaison between the UT System and state government where he advocates for the priorities of the University. During his first year, he was a part of the team that secured funding for the creation of UT Southern, the first new campus in the UT System in over 50 years. He looks forward to building upon the distinguished legacy of the University of Tennessee in the years to come.



 

David Steele

Chief of Staff

UT Chattanooga

 

David Steele serves as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chancellor at UTC.

His prior positions have included service as vice president of policy and education at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce; CMO at the Florida Department of Citrus; CMO/CCO for Polk State College; chief marketing, communications, and development officer at the University of South Florida’s polytechnic campus; and executive director of Purdue University’s Center for International Business Education and Research. He has also worked in economic and community development and the technology sector and taught undergraduate courses in political science, leadership communication, and design thinking.

Steele earned a bachelor’s degree (history) from Ashland University and master’s degree (political science) from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently completing a PhD (communication) at the University of South Florida.

Steele looks forward to developing a deeper understanding of the UT system and collaboration with valued colleagues across the state.



 

David White

Associate Dean for Research

UT Institute of Agriculture

 

Dr. David White serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. He is also a Professor of Food Science and acted as interim Department head in 2019.

Prior to joining UTIA, he served in several leadership positions in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine including Chief Science Officer /Research Director and Acting Director of the Office of Resource Planning and Strategic Management.

Dr. White is an editor of the book “Frontiers in Antibiotic Resistance”, ASM Press, Washington D.C. and is on the editorial board of Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. He previously served as co-chair of the U.S. Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance and as the U.S Delegate to the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. Most recently he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA), the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) and the AOAC U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 34 Food Products.

Dr. White received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, his master of science from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He also was a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University School of Medicine and before joining FDA, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences at North Dakota State University.