Finalists named in search for next University of Tennessee chancellor

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The University of Tennessee has released the names of the three finalists selected as candidates for chancellor.

Alexander Cartwright, Beverly Davenport and Pamela Whitten were all selected as candidates. Whitten visited the university on Wednesday, Davenport visited Monday and Cartwright is expected to visit in the next couple weeks.

Finalists will meet with campus leaders and key faculty, staff, student, alumni and community members. At least one finalist will be brought back for another round of interviews to include visits to the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma and to Oak Ridge National Laboratory before a decision is made.

“These finalists are talented, highly accomplished higher education leaders, and we look forward to the possibility of one of them successfully leading UT Knoxville into the future,” said UT President Joe DiPietro.

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Beverly Davenport, interim president of the University of Cincinnati speaks at the Baker Center.
Beverly Davenport, interim president of the University of Cincinnati speaks at the Baker Center.

Davenport spoke to students and staff at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Monday morning. She took over as interim president on July 15. Before that she served as the University of Cincinnati’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

The University of Cincinnati credits Davenport with record-setting enrollments and rising retention and graduation rates. During her time at the University of Cincinnati she is recognized for launching aggressive faculty recruitment initiatives, working with the athletics department to improve athletes’ study habits, increasing the university’s global partnership and study abroad programs and investing in mental health counseling, student services and online learning.

Dr. Pamela Whitten
Dr. Pamela Whitten

Dr. Pamela Whitten, the first candidate to visit the university visited Wednesday. Dr. Whitten joined the University of Georgia as its Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in 2014.

As the chief academic officer she oversees instruction, research, public service and outreach, student affairs and information technology. She is an internationally recognized expert int he field of telemedicine, which is the remote delivery of health care services and information, who has conducted her research with nearly $30 million in funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander Cartwright (SUNY)
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander Cartwright (SUNY)

Cartwright is provost and executive director at the State University of New York System Administration since 2014 and currently officer-incharge at the SUNY Poltechnic Instittue. He served as interim president of the SUNY Research Foundation from 2015 to 2016. Before transitioning to the SUNY System, he spent almost 20 years at the University of Buffalo.

Cartwright still holds three faculty appointments at the University of Buffalo, including professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering as well as adjunct professor of physics. Previously, he spent five years at the University of Iowa as a postdoctoral scientist and research assistant in the Laboratory for Photonics and Quantum Electronics.

To learn more about the search, read more about the finalists visit the search website.

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