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Search Begins for Next UT Martin Chancellor

I am pleased to announce the search for the next chancellor to lead the University of Tennessee at Martin has begun, and I encourage your involvement in this important process.
The best thing about our University—and UT Martin—is the people. You know better than anyone the needs and opportunities of the campus, and I hope you will share feedback with me and with members of the search committee in the months ahead. I also invite anyone interested in nominating a candidate or applying for the position to do so through the search website
I’m grateful to Dr. Bob Smith for his outstanding service as interim chancellor and devotion to addressing critical issues and strategic priorities. Because of his leadership and the progress you’ve made together, I believe we are well-positioned for a successful search.
The committee, chaired by UT Chattanooga Chancellor Steve Angle, met for the first time today to discuss the search process, timeline, expectations of qualified candidates and position requirements.
The search committee includes members of the UT Board of Trustees and faculty, staff, student and community leaders:

  • Debi Adcock, administrative specialist, UT Martin
  • Ruby Black, professor of nursing, UT Martin
  • David Coffey, chair of the Department of History and Philosophy, UT Martin
  • Teresa Collard, associate professor of communications, director of the Women’s Center, UT Martin
  • Charley Deal, associate vice chancellor for alumni relations and annual giving, UT Martin
  • Brian Donavant, UT faculty trustee, interim executive director of extended campus and online studies, UT Martin
  • Joe Exum, chair of the UT Martin Chancellor’s Round Table, UT President’s Council member
  • Crawford Gallimore, UT trustee; chief financial officer, Hamilton-Ryker Company
  • Jennifer Greenwood, professor and interim chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, UT Martin
  • Bud Grimes, chief communication officer, UT Martin
  • Richard Helgeson, dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, UT Martin
  • Sam Lewallen, president, Simmons Bank
  • Roberto Mancusi, associate professor of music, Faculty Senate president, UT Martin
  • Petra McPhearson, interim vice chancellor for finance and administration, UT Martin
  • Miranda Rutan, UT student trustee studying marketing and graphic arts, UT Martin
  • Elizabeth Sanders, graduate student in family and consumer sciences, UT Martin
  • Vicki Strickland Seng, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, UT Martin
  • Candace Tate, alumna, UT Martin
  • Margaret Toston, vice chancellor for student affairs, UT Martin
  • Todd Winters, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, UT Martin

Linda Hendricks Harig, UT vice president for human resources, is serving as an adviser to the committee. Ashlie Czyz, director of HR programs and executive recruiter, is serving as executive recruiter.
More information about the search, including the job description, is available on the search website. We expect to fill the position by the end of 2016.
Thank you again for all you do for the campus and this great University.
All the best,

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