Top ranking UGA officer to interview for UT's chancellor position

Nov. 1, 2016: The top academic officer at the University of Georgia is the first of three candidates to interview for the UT Chancellor position.

KNOXVILLE - The University of Georgia’s top academic officer on Wednesday will be the first of at least three candidates to interview in Knoxville for the University of Tennessee’s chancellor position.

Pamela S. Whitten, UGA’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost since 2014, will spend two days meeting with college leaders and students, according to her itinerary posted on UT’s website Tuesday.

Prior to joining UGA, she served as the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University from 2009 to 2014. Whitten earned a business degree from Tulane University, a masters in organizational communication from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate in communications studies from the University of Kansas.

UT has declined to name the other two candidates, but one will interview on Nov. 7. A date for the third has not been made public.

The next chancellor will replace Jimmy Cheek, who will serve until his replacement takes over and then play a role in higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the university’s College of Education Health and Human Sciences.

Cheek, who announced in June that he was stepping down, earns $447,500 annually.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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