Capital campaign update

Pictured from left: Scott L. Probasco Jr., Brenda Lawson, Chancellor Roger Brown.

“‘If we only had the money’ are the words often used to begin a conversation about improvements needed at the University,” said Brenda Lawson, co-chair of the UT Campaign for Tennessee.  She provided a campaign update for a UTC audience last week.  “Time to Achieve,” UTC’s fundraising component of the UT system’s Campaign for Tennessee, is making good progress toward its $65 million goal.

“The campaign in Chattanooga is reaching out to all friends and supporters and asks them to rise to the occasion,” Lawson said.  “Chattanooga has a strong history of sharing blessings with the community and the University.”

Lawson, of Cleveland, Tennessee, serves as co-chair with Jim and Natalie Haslam of Knoxville.

Capital campaign update

Pictured: Ruth Holmberg

Among the donors who have recently established UTC scholarships are: Chancellor Roger Brown and his wife Dr. Carolyn Thompson; former nursing faculty member Martha Butterfield; Dr. Joe and Professor Mary Jackson; Jerry and Nan Jones; and Dr. Fred and Ruth Obear.

Interim UT President Jan Simek shared that the University continues to be affected by a downturn in the economy.  He said the success of the capital campaign will have an impact on the selection of a new UT president.  Simek said he is encouraged by the response to the campaign.

“It has been impressive to see the support for UT.  I have felt the love and dedication it gets from its friends,” Simek said.

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