Happy 2017! Classes begin on Monday and we are all looking forward to an exciting spring semester. As we start a new year, it is a great time to reflect on what we have accomplished as a university. We should all be proud of the progress we have made on the UTC Strategic Plan that was launched in 2015. Some of the many highlights from the last year are included in our new Strategic Plan Update (Strategic Plan: Year 1 Review). It is available as a digital flipbook or as a pdf download. Our progress as a university is due to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, students and supporters – Thank YOU for all you do!
Not everyone had a relaxing holiday break. Many faculty and staff were busy moving offices to new locations. The Dean’s Office for Arts and Sciences and the departments of English, Psychology, and Philosophy and Religion moved from Holt Hall to 540 McCallie, the State Office Building. These departments are settling in on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Renovations to build out classroom space on the first floor are underway and will be complete in time for classes this coming fall. In addition, the Honors College moved from the Guerry Center to 545 Oak Street (next door to the Alumni House). Guerry will be renovated and the Honors College will move back in fall 2018.
Just before the winter break, Mocs Football head coach Russ Huesman accepted the head coaching job at the University of Richmond. He took a struggling UTC football program and turned it into a winning one. Coach Huesman departs with our deep appreciation of his accomplishments on and off the field.
UTC welcomes Tom Arth as the 23rd Mocs Football head coach. He was the 2016 Division III National Coach of the Year. He served four years as head coach at John Carroll University, where he led teams that finished in the top 25 – including two top 5 finishes. Coach Arth has hired an impressive staff who are already in place and working hard.
Remember, anyone who would like one of our ‘Power C’ lapel pins can stop by my office on the first floor of Founders Hall, Room 101. My assistant, Teresa McKinney, will make sure you get one.