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Interim Provost John Zomchick has announced that the search for the next dean of the Tickle College of Engineering has been suspended and will resume in the fall under the direction of incoming provost David Manderscheid.

Lynne Parker, who has been named interim dean, will continue to lead the college.

“This is an important time as we lay the groundwork for the next era at the University of Tennessee and the Tickle College of Engineering, and after much consideration, we have decided it is best to wait for our new provost,” Zomchick said.

“I have great confidence in Lynne to continue to lead the college in the immediate future and in David to bring his vision to this campus and to the search.”

Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis, who had served as dean of the college for the last decade, planned to retire from that role this summer after 47 years in the college. In May, however, he was asked to lead the university.

The Tickle College of Engineering has nearly doubled its undergraduate enrollment over the last 13 years. It has 12 Governor’s Chairs, seven departments with nationally ranked programs, and seven internationally recognized research centers.

The college is slated to break ground on a new $129 million engineering complex in the next year.