The University of Tennessee at Martin and the University of Tennessee Foundation Inc. are in the midst of a national search for a permanent vice chancellor for university advancement. Two external candidates and one internal candidate will participate in on-campus open forums Feb. 26-28. All forums will be held from 1-2 p.m. in room 111 of the Boling University Center.
Dr. Charley Deal will present to the campus community on Feb. 26. He currently serves as executive director of research, outreach and economic development for UT Martin, where he oversees operations pertaining to government relations, research grants and expenditures, and non-degree courses and camps. Deal has held this position since February 2019. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from UT Martin and doctoral degree in philosophy, learning and leadership from UT Chattanooga.
Andrew Shafer will present an open campus forum on Feb. 27. He has served as planned giving manager for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra since 2019 and as founder and owner of SD Solutions since 2012. SD Solutions is a Nashville-based firm specializing in funding strategy, planning and execution for nonprofit organizations and professionals. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in public administration from UT Knoxville.
Dr. Bryan Robinson will present to campus on Feb. 28. He is currently vice chancellor for advancement for the University of North Carolina System in Chapel Hill and president of the UNCP Foundation Inc., where he manages university advancement operations, planning and implementation in collaboration with the University of North Carolina. He has held this position since 2018. Robinson holds both a bachelor’s degree in pre-law studies and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and a doctoral degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
The vice chancellor for university advancement is a member of the chancellor’s leadership team. This position is responsible for managing UT Martin’s fundraising and alumni relations programs; coordinating development efforts with UT Foundation and UT System administration; and representing UT Martin in the community and among alumni groups and potential university supporters.
“The vice chancellor for university advancement is a key player in the funding and sustaining of UT Martin’s expansion, scholarship and endowment goals,” said Carver. “I look forward to selecting a candidate who can help move UT Martin forward and realize the dreams we have for both our students and our campus in the coming decade.”
The search committee includes both faculty and staff members as well as student representation. Dr. Shadow Robinson, dean of the UT Martin College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, is serving as committee chairperson. Other committee members are:
- Petra McPhearson, vice chancellor for finance and administration
- Philip Smartt, chair of the UT Martin Faculty Senate
- Love Collins, UT Foundation Inc. vice chancellor for advancement at the UT Health Science Center
- Bill Blankenship, UT Martin supporter and member of the UT Martin Development Committee
- Phillip Clendenin, UT Foundation Inc. board member and UT Martin alumnus
- Jennifer Hampton, UT Martin alumnae
- Dana Prince, UT Foundation Inc. advancement staff
- Andrew Hart, UT Foundation Inc. central staff and UT Martin alumnus
Carol Houser, assistant vice president of human resources for the UT Foundation, is serving as the staff contact for this search. The national search is managed by Aspen Leadership Group. For more information or to view full finalist resumes, visit utm.edu/vcuasearch.