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Beverly Davenport named UT Knoxville Chancellor

From the UT Office of the President - Dr. Joe DiPietro
I'm pleased to announce that I have selected Beverly J. Davenport to lead the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I will recommend her appointment to the Board of Trustees in a special meeting Dec. 15 in Nashville.

Dr. Davenport is a proven higher education leader with a tremendous record of accomplishments across a wide array of initiatives that show her ability to achieve great things. She is currently interim president of the University of Cincinnati. Previously, she was senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Cincinnati for three years.

During a comprehensive national search, Dr. Davenport rose to the top of the candidate pool because of her extensive experience and qualifications. She will be an excellent fit as the next leader of UT Knoxville. I'm confident the flagship campus will continue its ascent as a top public research institution under her leadership.

Pending board approval, Dr. Davenport will join UT Knoxville on March 1, 2017.

I am also grateful for Chancellor Jimmy Cheek's leadership. He has served us well as chancellor since 2009, and I appreciate the energy and vision he has brought to the University and our Knoxville campus. It is important that we continue the momentum Chancellor Cheek began.

More information about the search is available online.

Thank you for all you do for the University of Tennessee.

All the best,

September Meeting - Sugar Vol - Tony Robinson - Sept 15, 2016

We will have Tony Robinson for our September meeting on Thursday the 15th at 6:00 pm. He played high school football at Tallahassee's Leon High School under heralded coach Gene Cox. He joined Leon's junior varsity squad as a freshman in 1978, initially playing at wide receiver, but switching to quarterback. Robinson played college football at the University of Tennessee from 1982 to 1985. After spending his first two seasons as a backup, he guided the 1984 squad to a 7-4-1 record and an appearance in the Sun Bowl. He led the 1985 "Sugar Vols" squad through a difficult first half of the season, and was a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Robinson was named Preseason All-SEC prior to the 1985 season. He was also considered a contender for the Heisman Trophy. In Tennessee's season opener against 10th-ranked UCLA, he threw for a school record 387 yards and two touchdowns.

Robinson completed 253 of 411 passes for 3,332 yards, 23 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, and rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns, during his career at Tennessee. Although he started just 15 regular season games, his 3,527 yards of total offense remained the school's 14th-highest career total as of the 2012 season. Beginning with the 1984 Auburn game, Robinson threw a touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games, a record which stood until the early 1990's.

Robinson's single-game record of 417 yards of total offense against UCLA in 1985. Robinson's tally is now the school's fourth-highest single-game total. His 389 yards of total offense against Florida in 1984 remains the school's eighth-highest single-game total.

Please register for this event in advance because seating will be limited.

Fall Kick Off Meeting - August 11, 2016

This football season is upon us. I expect us to have a lot of pressure to preform, but we have the horses to run the track. We will have our Kickoff Meeting August 11, 2016.

I am excited to have Former UT running back Gerald Riggs, Jr. speak to our group on Thursday August 11 at 6pm at Southern Legacy BBQ & Brew for our 2016 Kickoff Meeting. Gerald has been around the program recently and can give us insight as to how we are moving forward to get back to greatness. Please send any questions you would like answered by Gerald to

If you registered for the May meeting and would like to attend please email me at the above address, thanks. Please register online by August 9th at the link below: