Pat Branam, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, was one of four recipients to receive the UT Foundation Board of Directors Award, selected from among more than 70 members of the development team across the entire UT system.

This award recognizes outstanding achievements by development and alumni affairs staff.  Recipients are honored for their application of creative concepts to improve performance and advance fund-raising efforts.  The objective of the Board of Directors Award is to promote, encourage and recognize employee efforts.

Branam joined The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga development team in fall 2007.  She was previously assistant dean for advancement and senior director of development at the University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and was an elected member of the local school board.

“Pat leads the UTC development team which is underfunded and understaffed,” said Bob Lyon, Vice Chancellor of UTC University Advancement.  “In spite of this lack of resources, Pat and her team achieved 140% of the 2009 calendar year total commitments goal in a year that higher education across the country was reporting a decline in giving of approximately 11.9%.  This is just one indicator of the outstanding professional job she is performing for the University of Tennessee.”

Branam attended the UT Foundation Board meeting recently to receive the award.  She was also one of two award recipients to address the Advancement and Public Affairs Committee of the UT Board.  After spending years developing her career in the North, Branam talked about coming home.

“I was excited and honored to be able to return to Tennessee and serve the university at Chattanooga,” Branam said.  “Being recognized by the university for my work means the world to me.”

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