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KNOXVILLE — Dr. Steven P. Dandaneau, currently director of university honors at the University of Dayton, has been appointed to lead the Chancellor’s Honors Program at the University of Tennessee.

Dandaneau will manage and work to strengthen the honors program which currently serves approximately 800 UT students.

“The newly named Chancellor’s Honors Program is a strong program that promises even greater things with Steve’s leadership,” said Anne Mayhew, vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The program has recently been renamed to increase its visibility both on and off UT’s campus. Mayhew said future goals for the program include increasing the number of students and enhancing their opportunities for major scholarships and opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

“I have surveyed honors programs from coast to coast, and I firmly believe that UT’s Chancellor’s Honors Program has the potential to be recognized as among the foremost academic enhancement and enrichment programs of its kind in the United States,” said Dandaneau.

In addition to his work with university honors at the University of Dayton, Dandaneau also leads the John W. Berry Sr. Scholars Program, a program that emphasizes research and leadership development for selected high-visibility students of high ability.

He also is an associate professor of sociology and studies the work of sociologist C. Wright Mills, known for his study of intellectuals in post World War II society.

“This program complements the College Scholars program in Arts and Sciences, the Honors Research and Creative Achievements Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, as well as a number of departmental honors programs provide opportunities for hard working and well prepared students to excel during their undergraduate years at UT.”

“I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities afforded by the state of Tennessee’s admirable commitment to academic excellence in undergraduate education at its flagship public university,” said Dandaneau.

Dandaneau holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Brandeis University.


Anne Mayhew (865-974-2445)
Beth Gladden (865-974-9008)

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