Blog Archives

Please Exercise Your Right to Vote

Dear Colleagues, Our primary mission—the reason we exist—is to educate students: to prepare them for successful, meaningful lives as professionals and as engaged citizens. One of our greatest privileges and responsibilities as American citizens is exercising our right to vote. By participating in the election process, we demonstrate our commitment to improving our communities and our nation. The best way we can encourage our students to participate in our

Coffee with the Chancellor On the Road Continues

We are having Coffee with the Chancellor on the road this summer to give us an opportunity to explore different parts of our campus. Our next scheduled coffee is Monday, July 7, 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., in the Women’s Basketball locker rooms on the first floor of the McKenzie Arena. The Chattanooga Women’s Basketball Locker Room is located directly inside of Gate A at the McKenzie Arena. Gate A is

Coffee with the Chancellor on the Road

We are having Coffee with the Chancellor on the road this summer to give us an opportunity to explore different parts of our campus. Our next scheduled coffee is Tuesday, June 17, 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., in Room 205 of Bretske Hall, which recently underwent an impressive renovation. Please drop by and chat for a few minutes about whatever is on your mind. The only agenda is to have a meaningful

Year End Update

Dear Colleagues, I can hardly believe that this academic year is over. I want to thank each of you for your outstanding service to our campus and your dedication to our students. We recently celebrated commencement ceremonies for more than 1,100 students. I echo Provost Ainsworth’s appreciation to the faculty members who participated in the ceremonies, and I thank all of the staff members whose efforts help make these events possible. Spring commencement is

Coffee with the Chancellor

Our next scheduled coffee is Wednesday, May 14, and I hope you can take a few minutes and stop by the Chancellor’s Office in Founders Hall anytime between 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM. Visit with me and other colleagues. Share ideas. Ask questions. The only agenda is to have some meaningful conversation. The open door format allows you to drop by and chat for a few minutes about whatever

Building Update

Colleagues, As we end the academic year,  I want to take a moment and update you on a bit of building news for the campus. First, we are pleased to announce that the Tennessee State Building Commission approved for us to move forward with planning for a new student housing facility. This project will be located on the site of the tennis courts and racquet center between the McKenzie

Coffee with the Chancellor

I thoroughly enjoyed talking with those of you who were able to join me for the first “Coffee with the Chancellor.” Our next scheduled coffee is Wednesday, April 9, and I hope you can take a few minutes and stop by the Chancellor’s Office in Founders Hall anytime between 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.  Visit with me and other colleagues.  Share ideas.  Ask questions. The only agenda is to have

Budget Process for 2014-15

Colleagues, I hope you enjoyed a smooth launch of the new semester. With the holiday season fully behind us, we must turn our attention to preparing for the upcoming year, and that means planning next year’s budget. The budget process for the coming year (2014-15) will closely follow what we have done in previous years.  I am committed to a budgeting process that is open and transparent, and fully

Happy holidays after a great semester

Dear Colleagues, Congratulations on a great fall semester. Your dedication, hard work, and support have made this a satisfying and successful time for the campus. Our focus on student success and community connections has proven to be a strategy for achievement. We started this academic year with another record enrollment. The campus and city communities came together to dedicate the beautiful new Chamberlain Pavilion and the transformation it brings

New Safety Policy to Protect Minors

President Joseph DiPietro announced yesterday a new system policy regarding staff members whose work involves interaction with children and young adults. These interactions could involve such programs as summer camps, educational programs, cultural events, and various workshops. As we fulfill our metropolitan mission, such interactions could be an integral part of some programs. Student success and community connections require us to be active in our community and to welcome