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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Three University of Tennessee computer support operations will be merged into a single unit May 1, a

UT-Knoxville vice chancellor said Monday.

The new Office of Administrative Information Systems will include the Student Academic Management Systems (SAMS), the university-wide office of Administrative Data Systems, and an element of the Knoxville campus Administrative Computing office, Fred Harris, vice chancellor of computing and telecommunications, said.

John Jarrard, director of SAMS, will head the new, combined operation, Harris said.

Robert Clark, who has more than 30 years service with UT, has announced plans to retire as director of Administrative Data Systems in May.

”Bob Clark has provided many years of exemplary service to the university and will be sorely missed,” Emerson Fly, UT vice president for business and finance, said. ”We are fortunate to have John to whom we can turn. He brings a wealth of computing management experience to his new position.”

Jarrard served for a number of years as assistant director to Clark, Fly said.

Fly and Harris said money saved through the consolidation will go into computer systems development and support.

The new unit will provide administrative computing support for both UT’s Knoxville campus and the university-wide administration.