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The UT Knoxville Advisory Board will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the Student Union, Room 270.

Agenda items include:

  • Call to order—Chair John Tickle
  • Approval of March minutes
  • Presentation to Ovi Kabir—Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis
  • Introduction of Johnelle Simpson—Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis
  • Budget Overview—Senior Vice Chancellor Chris Cimino
  • Admission Updates—Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor David Manderscheid
  • Campus Master Plan—Senior Vice Chancellor Chris Cimino

The board will recess for 30 minutes at approximately noon for lunch.

The full agenda and materials for the meeting are available on the chancellor’s website. The meeting will be webcast live and archived for later viewing.

The UT FOCUS Act, passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in April 2018, created an advisory board for each UT campus. The boards are charged with submitting recommendations to the UT System Board of Trustees on campus-level strategic plans, operating budgets, and tuition.

Each campus advisory board includes five public members appointed by the governor, one faculty member appointed by the campus’s Faculty Senate, and one student member appointed by the advisory board.

The public members of the UT Knoxville Advisory Board are Alexia Poe and Tom Smith of Nashville, John Tickle of Bristol, and Syreeta Vaughn and Tim Williams of Knoxville.

The Faculty Senate appointed Louis J. Gross, Chancellor’s Professor and Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, to serve as the faculty appointee to the board. Student Body President Ovi Kabir is the student representative.

Anyone with a disability who wishes to attend this meeting can contact Rachel Rui at 865-974-3265 or to request auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by email, by telephone, or otherwise and should be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT Monday, May 13.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is distributing this notice in compliance with the public notice requirement of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act.


Tyra Haag (865-974-5460,