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It’s Great to Be a Tennessee Vol!

Although I’ve only recently arrived at UT, I’ve already gained a great appreciation for what it means when we cheer “It’s great to be a Tennessee Vol.”

This is a beautiful campus and a wonderful university, filled with accomplished and dedicated faculty, staff, and students, all of them proud and determined to be agents of change. Our Volunteer community is resilient and clearly on an upward trajectory. Excitement and optimism are in the air. This university is growing, looking at innovative ways to teach, developing exciting new interdisciplinary projects, and thinking strategically about today—and tomorrow.

I’m happy to be a part of this synergy as we work to further the academic mission of this already great university.

I’ve inherited a solid framework for success in the plan you help write, Vol Vision 2020. As I settle in to this new role as your provost and think about moving us forward, I look to you for input. Developing a future vision and agenda is something we will do together.

The information on this site will introduce you to me, this office, and our staff.

We are dedicated to excellence in scholarship and creative activity, teaching and learning, and outreach and engagement. We strive to embody the Volunteer spirit—the mission, vision, and values of this great university—in all we do. We are guided by principles of shared governance, and we strive for transparency in all our operations.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to working with you to achieve our campus goals.

David Manderscheid
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

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