Chandra Alston

Chandra Alston

Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, UT Health Science Center

Chandra Alston joined the UT Health Science Center in 1999 and worked in various departments including information technology, equity and diversity, College of Allied Health Sciences, and College of Nursing before transitioning to Human Resources. Alston says she has a passion for training and developing employees and strives to empower others.

Michael Alston

Michael Alston

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Student Rights, UT Health Science Center

Michael’s employment within the UT System spans 25-plus years with stints at UT Martin, UT Knoxville, and UT Health Science Center. His experience in higher education includes student recruitment and admissions, employee relations, and equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and diversity/inclusion.

David Belote

David Belote

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UT Martin

David Belote has devoted his professional career to the development of students. His responsibilities have included overall management of student activities, directing the Leaders-in-Residence program and co-directing the University’s First-Year Initiative program.

Judy Burns

Judy Burns

Associate Director, Audit System/East Tennessee, UT System

Judy Burns, a UT Knoxville graduate, joined the University in 1982 and has managed audit investigations, information technology audits and internal consulting for the University. She was a principal in implementing the University’s financial and human resources system, IRIS, and the University’s system-wide quality improvement program.

Herb Byrd

Herb Byrd

Vice President, UT Institute for Public Service

Herb Byrd earned three degrees from UT Knoxville, including a doctorate in educational leadership, and has spent most of his professional career with UT Extension and the Institute of Agriculture. He began his career as a 4-H agent, and his responsibilities have included recruitment, personnel development and affirmative action throughout the years. Byrd has served on the staff of the UT Leadership Institute since 1999.

Sue Byrd

Sue Byrd

Department Chair and Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, UT Martin

Sue Byrd background includes teaching textiles, clothing and fashion merchandising at UT Martin, has been involved with leadership development for many years, and is LIFO (Life Orientation) Certified. Byrd says she enjoys seeing students and professionals develop the confidence and skills needed to be effective in their work.

Keith Carver

Keith Carver

Chancellor, UT Martin (Starting January 2017)

Keith was appointed to his role serving Dr. Joe DiPietro in January 2011, having worked at UT’s campuses in Knoxville, Martin and Memphis before taking his current role. He was interim vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis in 2010, assistant vice chancellor for development at UT Martin 2006 to 2010, and held several positions at UT Knoxville for ten years including roles in development and alumni affairs for the College of Law and as a member of the Student Life team.

Bruce Keisling

Bruce Keisling

Associate Director, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, UT Health Science Center

Bruce first joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1999 as a clinical psychologist with a concentration in the assessment and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. Bruce is an avid supporter of leadership development, through UT Leadership Institute, the Boling Center, and board leadership on several boards.

Mary Lucal

Mary Lucal

Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, UT Knoxville

Mary joined UT Knoxville Human Resources in 2006 but became a Vol for Life when she received her doctorate in educational leadership from UT in 2012. Her responsibilities include oversight of Recruitment, Compensation, Records, and Employee Relations, as well as figuring out innovative ways to support Knoxville faculty and staff. Lucal says she is driven by the desire to support current UT leaders and develop leaders of tomorrow.

Robert Nobles

Robert Nobles

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Responsible Conduct of Research & Research Integrity Officer, UT Knoxville

Robert leads efforts and oversees research integrity, compliance, and safety activities related to responsible conduct of research, research with human subjects and animals, work with biological and radiological hazards, research conflicts of interest, export controls, and research misconduct. He also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health and teaches graduate classes related to epidemiology and public health policy and management. Robert seeks to foster leadership effectiveness through facilitating UT Leadership Institute, chairing the UT institutional compliance committee, campus safety committee and Commission for Blacks, and by serving on several local and national committees.

Jerald Ogg, Jr.

Jerald Ogg Jr.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UT Martin

Jerald Ogg was appointed vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin on July 1, 2007, and subsequently named provost on July 1, 2011. A former chair of the UT Martin department of communications, dean of the college of humanities and fine arts, and interim vice chancellor for student affairs, Jerald holds a Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a J.D. from The University of Tennessee, a Master of Journalism from Louisiana State University and two B.S. degrees–in political science and communications–from UT Martin.  He joined the UT Martin faculty in 1987 and has served as director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities since September 2000.

Prior to joining the faculty at UT Martin, Jerald served as an active duty  judge advocate (“JAG”) in the U.S. Air Force for four years and later practiced law, specializing in media law and public relations for non-profit organizations, in Baton Rouge, La.  He is a recipient of The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, a 2010 graduate of the WestStar regional leadership program and a past president of the UT Martin Faculty Senate.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee Leadership Institute in 2001 and has served as a facilitator for the program since 2002.

A native of Springfield, Mo., Jerald retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2009 after a 26-year reserve career. He and his wife Jane have two daughters: Dr. Jennifer Ogg Anderson, an assistant professor of political science at Tennessee Tech University, and Jana Ogg, co-founder of Nashville-based Switchboard Missions.  They are also the proud grandparents of Boone (now 5) and Maxwell (1) Anderson.

Amy Paganelli

Amy Paganelli

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Graduate School of Medicine, UT Knoxville

Amy Paganelli joined UT Knoxville in 1999 and is responsible for all financial and budgeting aspects of the Graduate School of Medicine as well as administrative operations.

Laure Pou

Laure Pou

Executive Director of Human Resources, UT Chattanooga

Laure joined the UTC Office of Human Resources in 2009 after completing her master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She currently serves as the Assistant Director in which she focuses on employee relations, training and development, and employment. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Psychology at UTC since 2008. Laure’s passion is learning and development and she truly enjoys collaborating with faculty and staff members on campus to assist with Human Resources matters.

Tomi Rogers

Tomi Rogers

Extension Specialist, UT Institute of Agriculture – Extension

Tomi Rogers began her career in Human Resources with a focus on learning & development at the University of Tennessee in 2001. During her career, she has developed and facilitated professional development programs on a variety of topics, which include leadership, supervision, effective communication, and teambuilding. Her passion for helping and empowering others has fueled her enrollment into UTC’s Learning and Leadership doctoral program.

Ron Tredway

Ron Tredway

Executive Director, Human Resources/Employee and Organizational Development, UT System

Ron Tredway joined UT Knoxville in 2010 after working in corporate human resources and senior management roles in private sector firms, where he developed and facilitated leadership and change management programs. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for several management courses at multiple universities. His passion centers around helping individuals and organizations improve their performance through applied learning interventions.

Ben West

Ben West

Western Region Director and Professor, UT Institute of Agriculture-Extension

Ben has served in his current role at UTIA since April of 2010, where he provides oversight for Extension programs and personnel in Tennessee’s 31 western counties. He has been an active member of his profession, having served on the review board for the Journal of Extension, as Associate Editor for the Wildlife Society Bulletin, President for the Mississippi Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and chair of 2 national conferences. Ben is a certified Myers-Briggs instructor, has received training in conflict management from the Harvard Law School, and has provided instruction on leadership and communication in all 50 states.

Active Support

Jan Allen

Jan Allen

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Graduate School, Cornell University

Jan Allen worked at UT Knoxville for more than 20 years as a faculty member and assistant dean of the Graduate School before new opportunities at Northwestern, Columbia, and now Cornell University. She has extensive mentoring experience and is a published author on the subject. Allen says skills she learned at the UT Leadership Institute have helped her immensely throughout her career.

Cindy West

Cindy West

Dean & Professor, College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences

Cindy joined the UT Martin faculty in 1990, and has served in several key leadership roles prior to UT, at UT as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, and on Board positions outside of UT. Her passion for effective leadership is apparent in not only her work, but also local community involvement activities including fundraising for a child abuse prevention center and directing plays at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center and at her church. She is a 2013 Leadership Institute graduate.

Todd Bess

Todd Bess

Assistant Dean for Middle Tennessee and Director of the Nashville Clinical Education Center, College of Pharmacy, UT Health Science Center

Todd Bess, a UT Health Science Center graduate, specializes in health policy education and has managed clinical programs that provide training to pharmacy students and residents for more than 20 years.

Mike Gregory

Mike Gregory

Director of Special Events and Emergency Management Services, UT System

Mike, a UT Knoxville graduate, joined the UT System team in 2010. He plans and executes all event logistics for the President’s Office and serves as the system point person for Emergency Management Services. He has over 15 years of professional experience in the marketing, public relations, event planning and emergency services industry.

Past Contributors

Nancy Badger

Nancy Badger

Associate Dean and Director of Counseling, Counseling and Career Planning Center, UT Chattanooga

Nancy Badger, a licensed psychologist, joined UT Chattanooga in 2004 and supervises the directors of the Women’s Center, Office for Students with Disabilities and the Student Success Center. She also serves as director of the Counseling and Career Planning Center.

Ken Brown

Ken Brown

Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer, UT Health Science Center

Ken Brown joined the UT Health Science Center in 2000 after working in private practice as an employment and health law attorney. As the executive vice chancellor, he is second in command and the chief administrative officer. Brown received a doctorate in health policy from the UT Health Science Center.

Peter Chyka

Peter Chyka

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Executive Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy, UT Health Science Center Knoxville Campus

Peter Chyka is the executive associate dean for the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy campus in Knoxville. Chyka served as executive director of the Southern Poison Center for two decades, director of the UT Drug Information Center for a decade and has been recognized with the UT National Alumni Association Public Service Award and the UTHSC Chancellor’s Distinguished Educator Award.

Edwin-Michael Cortez

Edwin-Michael Cortez

Professor and Director of the School of Information Sciences, UT Knoxville

Ed Cortez has been an educator for more than 30 years and specializes in information management systems and organizational communication. In addition to working in higher education, Cortez is an active consultant for the government and private sector.

Bill Dunne

Bill Dunne

Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Technology, College of Engineering, UT Knoxville

Bill Dunne joined UT Knoxville in 1988 as an associate professor of geology and presently serves as an associate dean in the College of Engineering. He has institutional awards for his teaching and service, and serves as an editor of the Journal of Structural Geology.

Linda Francisco

Linda Francisco

Retired, UT System

Linda Francisco’s first connection to the University was through 4-H. She later attended UT Knoxville and was an instructor in the English department before transitioning to human resources in 1982. She truly believes that pausing to take a deep breath can help every situation.

Nancy Howell

Nancy Howell

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, UT Institute of Agriculture

Nancy Howell earned graduate degrees in higher education administration from UT Knoxville. As a research assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, she is responsible for facilitating problem-based cases and teaching a service-learning elective. She also directs the college’s outcomes assessment activities and is involved in Department of Homeland Security grants related to food safety and disaster planning. Howell says she feels fortunate to have spent the majority of her life in a college environment where learning is a constant.

John Schommer

John Schommer

Professor of Mathematics, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, UT Martin

John Schommer joined the UT Martin faculty in 1994 after teaching at the University of New Orleans, Duke and Ohio University. He has been president of the UT Martin Faculty Senate and a member of the UT Board of Trustees. He currently serves as UTM’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA. John is the treasurer for Weakley County Habitat for Humanity.

In Remembrance

Marva Rudolph

Marva Rudolph

Director of Equity and Diversity, UT Knoxville

Marva Rudolph, a UT Knoxville graduate, joined the University in 1990 and worked with administrators, faculty, staff and students in the Knoxville area to address compliance issues and to enhance diversity programs. For Rudolph, working at UT was a learning experience from day one.

Dan Webb

Director of Human Resources, UT Chattanooga

Dan Webb joined UT Chattanooga in 1994 after working in human resources at Duke University and Union Carbide. As a Model-Netics Teaching Associate, he taught the unique management development program at UT.