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The University of Tennessee Foundation and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, announce the appointment of Brian Broyles as senior vice chancellor for advancement for UT Knoxville, a position of pivotal importance in advancing the university’s mission and strategic vision.

Broyles, who has served as interim vice chancellor for advancement since July, brings a track record of leadership and excellence in fundraising to the position. His advancement career started in annual giving, and through consistent success he rose to his most recent position as associate vice chancellor for advancement at UT Knoxville. In that role Broyles provided leadership and managerial support for three major academic units: the Haslam College of Business, the Tickle College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Brian’s exceptional record of success through every stage of his career speaks volumes about his leadership acumen and dedication,” said UT Foundation President Kerry Witcher. “His passion for leading others and commitment to advancing the university align perfectly with our vision for the future, and I am thrilled to have him serving in this role.”


Broyles will oversee the advancement team at UT Knoxville, which includes philanthropic initiatives and alumni engagement. In fiscal year 2023, UT Knoxville had more than 67,320 alumni, supporters and friends pledge their support for the university, setting a record for number of donors and raising more than $264 million in contributions. Those achievements add to the university’s banner year in enrollment and retention, research expenditures and awards, state support, student success and alumni engagement.

“Brian embodies the Volunteer spirit in his leadership and in the support he generates for our students and university,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman. “His expertise and positive energy have been transformational as the interim vice chancellor for advancement, and I am excited for him to continue that momentum as a permanent member of my cabinet.”

As senior vice chancellor for advancement, Broyles will oversee the public launch and execution of the “It Takes a Volunteer” campaign to raise funds supporting UT Knoxville’s growing, thriving campus and greater access for Tennesseans.

Broyles is poised to play a key role in nurturing philanthropic and alumni relationships, thereby strengthening the mission and influence of the university’s flagship campus.

“Serving UT Knoxville and the University of Tennessee Foundation in this role is truly a dream come true,” said Broyles. “Rocky Top means so much to so many, and representing this incredible university is the honor of my lifetime. We are a family of grateful Volunteers, and I pledge to continue giving my all for Tennessee every single day.”

About the University of Tennessee Foundation

The University of Tennessee Foundation Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the preferred channel for private contributions benefiting students and faculty within the UT System. With a vision of being one of the top-performing advancement organizations in higher education, UTFI is committed to enhancing the educational landscape across the University of Tennessee campuses.

About the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been advancing knowledge and enriching lives since its founding in 1794. Tennessee’s flagship public research university, UT Knoxville is a diverse community whose shared commitment to discovery, creativity and education combines with a tradition of service and engagement to carry the Volunteer spirit throughout the state and around the world. UT’s campus—home to more than 36,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff members—is part of the vibrant city of Knoxville, located on the Tennessee River with the Great Smoky Mountains nearby.


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