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Brian Coldren will join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Division of Enrollment Management on February 1 as the first-ever assistant vice provost for academic initiatives and university registrar.

BC-Headshot-2Coldren’s professional experience in higher education spans over 20 years and includes service at Indiana State University, Creighton University, and Drake University. He comes to UT from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, where he served as assistant provost and registrar, leading the Office of the Registrar in areas including oversight of academic policy development, course registration and scheduling, and the creation of academic calendars. Under his leadership, Oglethorpe modernized its registrar’s office to provide online services to students and faculty.

“I’m deeply moved and honored to be joining the Volunteer community, the Office of the Registrar, and the enrollment management team,” said Coldren. “This is an amazing opportunity to serve and support the campus alongside the outstanding faculty, staff, and administration. I’m eager to learn everything I can about UT while getting to know our partners across campus as we collaborate to enhance student success measures and strengthen services provided by the Office of the Registrar.”

Vice Provost of Enrollment Management Kari Alldredge said, “We are excited to welcome Brian to Rocky Top as he steps into this critical leadership role. His experience and expertise align well with our goals across enrollment management and academic affairs as well as UT’s strategic vision as we set out to further cultivate the Volunteer experience. He will add to the collaborative work happening with campus partners and lead an office devoted to serving all academic units at the university. We are committed to enhancing service to students and the entire Volunteer community, and Brian will be an integral part of continuing that work.”

Coldren has a BA in international studies from Rhodes College and an MS in higher education administration from Drake University. He will be joined in Knoxville by his wife, Brenda, and son, Owen.


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