I am honored to serve as president of the University of Tennessee, a statewide system of higher education critical to Tennessee’s quality of life and valued by our state’s people. Among the privileges of my job, I most appreciate getting to see firsthand the University’s impact throughout Tennessee every day. I’m serving at an exciting time in which I’ve also seen UT’s impact expand across the nation and around the world.
The University of Tennessee is comprised of five campuses, and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service. Collectively, they are part of the fabric of life throughout Tennessee, make up our statewide campus, and establish our presence in all 95 counties.
As president, I strive to be accessible to faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and the public. I’m accountable to all these constituencies and the people of this state for which the University exists to serve. I also believe it’s my job to create an atmosphere that inspires people and values integrity, ingenuity, leadership, performance, partnerships and effective communication.
Even as we in public higher education face funding challenges like never before, it’s important to remember the University of Tennessee was founded in 1794 and has persevered and achieved ever since. The road ahead may not be easy, but I’m confident the University of Tennessee has greater success to come through fulfilling our mission to educate, discover and connect.