Brown to Step Down Earlier as UTC Chancellor

Chattanooga, TN (UTC/The Loop) — UTC Chancellor Roger Brown will step down sooner that first announced and Dr. Grady Bogue will take over as interim chancellor.

In June, Brown had said he would retire in spring 2013 or when his replacement was found. Now Brown says the loss of his wife took a greater toll than he first realized and he will step down September 20th to make way for an interim chancellor.

In an email, UT President Joe DiPietro announced that retired UT professor Dr Grady Bogue will temporarily take Dr. Brown’s place. Dr. Bogue was a professor of leadership and policy studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from 1991 until his retirement earlier this year.

Here is the letter released to UTC staff:

Dear Colleagues, As many of you know, this has been a particularly difficult year for me personally. The death of my wife Carolyn was a severe blow. I now realize that my emotional and physical health demand that I take some time to heal, reflect, and prepare for the next challenge in my life.  Therefore, I have decided to retire earlier than I previously announced. My last day on the staff of UTC will be September 30, but I will welcome the Interim Chancellor and be on administrative leave as of September 20.


This decision has not been made lightly. It has been a privilege to serve as Chancellor of this campus, and I will miss the interactions with all of you, faculty, staff, and students. No one knows better than I what we have at UTC—a tremendous group of talented and dedicated people who work very hard to make this campus great. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this blue and gold family.


I have been fortunate to receive comfort and support from so many of you. Words cannot express my sincere gratitude. The friendships and the experiences that I have enjoyed here will be with me forever. My best wishes to each of you.  

  Sincerely, Roger G. Brown