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In honor of late UT President Andy Holt, his daughter, Ann Skadberg, and her husband, Dean, have established the Andrew D. Holt Endowed Professorship in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Ann Skadberg, left, and Julia Jaekel
Ann Skadberg, left, and Julia Jaekel

Julia Jaekel, associate professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies, has been named the first recipient of this honor.

“I am deeply grateful for having been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Andrew D. Holt Professorship,” said Jaekel. “Since my arrival at UT in 2015, I have heard many wonderful testimonies of the outstanding achievements and treasured memories of Dr. Holt, and I will strive to carry on his mission of academic excellence and dedication to teaching, service, and research.”

Through this endowment, the college will now have a greater opportunity to retain the highest quality of educators and make a greater impact in education.

“Andy Holt left a significant and memorable legacy at the University of Tennessee and so have the Skadbergs,” said Sherry Mee Bell, acting dean of CEHHS. “They have selflessly served our institution and college over the years. By honoring her father through this named professorship, they are not just adding to a family legacy, they are graciously supporting our mission to enhancing quality of life through research, outreach, and practice. We are extremely grateful.”

Holt, came to the university in 1950 as the executive assistant to President C.E. Brehm and was promoted to vice president in 1953. Six years later, he was named president of the university. During his time, Holt made a lasting impact through his relationship with J. Clayton Arnold, the first million-dollar donor to CEHHS.

About Join the Journey

As the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, aspires to become a premier research institution, the $1.1 billion Join the Journey campaign will assist in positioning UT among the nation’s elite universities. The comprehensive fundraising campaign focuses on increasing support for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty support, college priorities, and athletics. The funds raised will create a student experience that reaches beyond the ordinary, shaping the next generation of leaders for the state, nation, and world.


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