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Mary AlbrechtBecoming a Top 25 university is a top priority for UT Knoxville, and to make sure the campus stays on task, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has appointed a project director to oversee the effort.

Effective Sept. 1, Mary Albrecht, associate dean for academic programs and professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will oversee the Top 25 project and serve as associate vice chancellor. This will be a limited duration appointment.

“Mary has done a great job coordinating projects and initiatives for CASNR and we’re pleased to have her take on these responsibilities,” Cheek said. “As we move forward with our Top 25 quest, we’ll be launching some new initiatives and enhancing some existing programs. We need to monitor our progress and keep our campus community, alumni and other constituents well-informed on how we’re doing. Having a point person like Mary is critical to keeping us on track.”

In addition, Albrecht will work with Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan Martin on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation process.

Albrecht came to UT in 1996. Prior to becoming associate dean, Albrecht was head of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. Before that, she was on the faculty at Kansas State University. Albrecht received her master’s degree and doctorate from Ohio State University and her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.