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Chancellor’s Update

It has been a busy two weeks! Last Friday night I attended the President’s Council Showcase awards dinner in Knoxville. The UTC Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Kevin Ford, provided the entertainment for the evening. The performance was outstanding. Like many of you, my family and I traveled to Knoxville for the UTC versus UTK game this past Saturday. The game was challenging as expected, but what an opportunity

Chancellor’s Update

This has been an exciting few weeks full of celebrations and new beginnings. On Monday, September 29th I traveled to Washington, DC to accept the 2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement award on behalf of our campus. UTC was one of 126 nominees and 1 of 5 winners including California State University, Fullerton; Georgia College and State University; Hampshire College and Rice University. This award recognizes our

Participate in the Employee Satisfaction Survey

President DiPietro recently announced that the UT System will be participating in an Employee Satisfaction Survey beginning in a few weeks.  I encourage you to take the time to offer your input in this very important effort. The strength of our University depends on you, and it is critical that you share your ideas and concerns. The 2014 Employee Satisfaction Survey will be administered November 3rd through the 21st.

Preparing for Upcoming Budget Challenge

We will soon begin the sixth week of the semester and it is finally starting to feel like fall.  I am teaching a Freshman Seminar and it is great to be back in the classroom and hear students’ perspectives on UTC, college, and life in general. Everyone at UTC deserves a resounding CONGRATULATIONS and pat on the back:  Our Spring 2014 six-year graduation rate improved three percent to 40

Another Coffee with the Chancellor on the Road

We have a few more Coffees with the Chancellor on the Road planned this summer. Our next scheduled coffee is Wednesday, July 30, 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m., in the Lawson Student Athlete Success Center, located on Vine Street. The Lawson Center is across from the Boling Apartments on Vine Street. Tours of the center will also be offered following the coffee. Please drop by and chat for a few minutes

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