Tyvi Small, who has been serving as the interim vice chancellor for diversity and engagement since December, will take on the role permanently.
“Tyvi has proven himself to be a compassionate, thoughtful, and creative leader who has built strong relationships based on trust and respect across our campus and the broader community,” said Chancellor Donde Plowman. “Through his experience as a first-generation student and his various roles on campus, he understands the importance that mattering and belonging play in student success.”
In the past 10 months, Small has helped launch new faculty and staff training programs, including the Intercultural Development Inventory and the UT Inclusive Leadership Academy; provided a framework for academic colleges to create diversity action plans; co-created the new Research Development Academy; worked with faculty to support the development of the Intergroup Dialogue Program; and expanded speaker series. He has also started to implement the recommendations of the Vol Vision Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.
The Haslam College of Business has hired Jim Rosenberg as the director of corporate engagement for the healthcare division of Graduate and Executive Education. He will begin his new position on August 1.
Rosenberg comes to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, after running his own business, Workbench Consulting, in Washington, D.C., since 2014. Rosenberg has worked with faculty from several universities, including Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School and Vanderbilt University, to create custom executive education programs for national nonprofits and government agencies. He also created and taught online courses for the University of Pennsylvania’s executive education programs.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has named Justin L. McKinney as Director of the AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville, Tennessee. McKinney is currently the director and financial manager of the Eastern Kentucky University farms and has more than 17 years of service to academia and agricultural industry.
McKinney’s appointment reaffirms UTIA’s commitment to serving the needs of agricultural producers and industry in northeastern Tennessee. Established in 1932, the 500-acre AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville is historically known for its research on burley tobacco production, and the Center was involved in the development and release of 11 tobacco varieties known and grown worldwide. The Center has also historically been involved in research to support improved beef cow and calf production. As the production of tobacco has shifted away from northeast Tennessee, the Center’s efforts in recent years have been directed more toward supporting the need for forage production research. East Tennessee is home to a sizeable number of beef cattle, and with approximately 64,000 head valued at more than $21 million, Greene County is ranked among the top cattle-producing counties in the state.
“UT AgResearch is committed to serving the needs of the East Tennessee agricultural community with an active research program at the Greeneville Center,” said Hongwei Xin, dean of UT AgResearch. “We are very excited to have Justin take the leadership role at the Center. His combined knowledge and experiences in crop and livestock production, passion for applied research, background with farm facilities and budget management, and high enthusiasm will be valuable to the success of the Center’s programs.”
The Global Undergraduate Awards—often referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize”—has announced the winners of its 2019 program, and a recent Architecture graduate is one of five UT winners ranked among the world’s best and brightest.
Pete Paueksakon, a May 2019 graduate, was Highly Commended and named a Regional Winner for the United States and Canada in the architecture and design category in this year’s Global Undergraduate Awards.
The Global Undergraduate Awards (UA) is the world’s largest international academic awards program, recognizing excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business, and creative arts. The top 10 percent of students in their respective categories are honored as Highly Commended. Regional Winners, voted best in their category, are then chosen from each of the seven regions in the competition, and a final Global Winner is selected in each category.
This year, the UA received a 3,437 entries representing 338 institutions, and 50 countries. Students from the United States and Canada, submitted 905 of those entries.