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Lofton K. Stuart, Jr. has been named executive director of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association and assistant to the president, UT President John Petersen announced Monday.

Lofton Stuart
Lofton Stuart
Stuart has been executive assistant to the president throughout Petersen’s tenure and served in the same role beginning in September 2003 for former UT President Joe Johnson. In his new role, Stuart will continue to report to the president and remain a member of the president’s staff.

He will have overall responsibility for the UT National Alumni Association and the system-wide office of alumni affairs and annual giving. Stuart will work closely in a dotted-line relationship with Henry Nemcik, UT vice president for alumni and development.

“I have truly enjoyed and appreciated having the opportunity to serve in this role for two outstanding men, both Dr. Johnson and Dr. Petersen,” Stuart said. “I’ve had a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the overall mission and scope of the university, and now I plan to take some of that knowledge and use it for more effective alumni involvement.

“I am extremely honored to be offered this new assignment, and I look forward to returning to an office where I have spent almost 30 years of my career with the university.”

Stuart said he also looks forward to working with the UT National Alumni Association on developing a strategic plan patterned after and complementary to the recently developed UT System strategic plan.

Stuart began his UT career in 1972 and since then has served as assistant director of annual giving, director of alumni programs, director of alumni affairs for UT Knoxville, and assistant vice president for alumni programs.

A native of Haywood County, he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from UT in 1971 and has done graduate work in the UT Knoxville College of Communication and Information. In 1970, he was named a Torchbearer, the highest honor awarded to a UT senior.

Throughout his UT tenure, Stuart has been an active member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a professional organization for university advancement and communication staff. He has served two terms on the CASE national board of trustees, and in 2006, he was presented the inaugural CASE District III distinguished service award, created by the organization in his honor.

Stuart’s re-assignment is effective immediately. A search for his successor in the executive assistant role is under way.


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