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KNOXVILLE — Dr. Robert A. Levy has been named interim vice president for academic affairs at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Robert A. Levy

Levy was associate vice president for almost 20 years.

UT President Joe Johnson said the appointment represents a reinstatement of the position of UT system chief academic officer and recognizes the fact that UT-s primary mission is academic programs.

“In the late 1980s, the academic affairs title was changed to senior vice president,” Johnson said. “I asked the Board of Trustees to reinstate the title to bring greater focus to the important responsibilities of this office.

“Bob has done a fine job in coordinating academic matters across the university system and in working closely with the Board of Trustees and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He will serve in this capacity until the new president launches a search and makes a permanent appointment.”

The Board of Trustees approved Johnson’s recommendation at its recent meeting at UT-Martin.

Levy, who earned the Ph.D. in English at UT, was named assistant to the vice president of academic affairs in 1973. He was named associate vice president in 1985.

Before his administrative appointment, Levy was an instructor of English at UT and was the recipient of the John C. Hodges Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.

He earned the bachelor of arts at Ohio Wesleyan and the master’s in English from Temple University.