Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year of great adversity. Some may be running low on energy or drive, or overwhelmed with problems, as COVID-19 has severely disrupted the way we work, live and play. As a result of our current COVID climate, UT is seeking to solve our state’s most complex problems.
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.
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.