RutledgeValerieDr. Valerie C. Rutledge has been named Dean in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. Rutledge currently serves as Director of the School of Education at UTC and has led the School of Education since August 2003.

According to Interim Provost Dr. Mary Tanner, Rutledge was chosen after a national search assisted by Parker Executive Search. A campus-based committee was led by Dr. Jerald Ainsworth, Dean of the UTC Graduate School.

Prior to joining the UTC faculty in 1995, Rutledge taught English and Latin in Hamilton County Schools. In 1999, she was appointed to a nine-year term on the Tennessee State Board of Education.

She is a two-time proud graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee.

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