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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UT Martin
Jerald Ogg Jr. joined the UT Martin faculty in 1987 after serving as an active duty judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force and practicing law. At UT, Ogg has served as chair of the Department of Communications, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs. He served as Faculty Senate president and retired in 2009 as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.