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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Three senior faculty have been appointed as interim deans at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to fill vacancies created by retirements, it was announced Friday.

Dr. Lorayne Lester will serve as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. C. Glennon Rowell has been named Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Charles Glisson will head the College of Social Work.

“I am pleased at the high quality of internal leadership we can call upon in this time of financial challenges,” Dr. John Peters, UT-Knoxville vice chancellor for academic affairs, said.

Nationwide searches for the three positions were canceled because of budget shortfalls, Peters said.

Lester, who follows Dr. Larry Ratner as dean of the university’s largest college, has served as associate dean of Arts and Sciences for the past six years and held primary responsibility for undergraduate academic programs. She is a professor of speech communication, a UT-Knoxville faculty member since 1960 and holds a doctorate from UT-Knoxville.

Rowell, associate dean of Education for 16 years, assumes the post held by Dr. Richard Wisniewski. Rowell is a specialist in language arts and reading instruction who received his doctorate from the George Peabody College for Teachers.

Glisson, who joined UT faculty in 1987, follows Dr. Eunice Shatz. Glisson is primarily responsible for development of the doctoral program in social work and holds the Alexander Prize for excellence in teaching and research. He is a graduate of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.


Contact: Dr. John Peters (423-974-3265)