A new beginning

As you may already know or will hear today, I will be leaving UT Martin on March 1, 2023, to become the Senior Vice Chancellor/Senior Vice President of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. This is a bittersweet day for Hollianne and me. Know that we wrestled with this decision and considered many factors before making a decision.

We have loved serving UT Martin for over six years during my time as chancellor. It’s been such an honor to work with you to advocate for UT Martin’s academic programs and incredible people since January 2017.  We have enjoyed representing UT Martin across West Tennessee and the surrounding region, celebrating with you at university events and opening up our home for meals, card games and s’mores.

I’m grateful for this opportunity to continue working for the University of Tennessee and leading the Institute of Agriculture. Hollianne, Britton and l will be reuniting with our two adult children in East Tennessee, and we are excited to be in Knoxville for the birth of our first grandchild this summer.

I’m forever grateful for the good work we’ve accomplished together.  And while I’ll miss all aspects of this great university community, it’s probably no surprise that I’ll miss the people the most.

I’ll be communicating more information in the near future. I’m confident that the best days for this great university are yet to come because of you – our outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni.

All the best,


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