Assessing Impact

impact-report-previewThe university impacts the lives of Tennesseans and beyond every day in countless ways. Telling the story of impact is a priority for 2016 and the focus of the President’s annual report to the General Assembly. The report provides examples of how the university fulfills its mission to educate, discover and connect and includes an update on efforts to ensure long-term sustainability of the university’s business model. You’ll also find financial and enrollment information in the report available online at

Peccolo retires

Butch Peccolo and President Joe DiPietro
“Always willing and seemingly never too busy to help a colleague” were two ways President Joe DiPietro described longtime administrator Butch Peccolo’s leadership style in a resolution honoring him during the October meeting of the UT Board of Trustees. Peccolo (Knoxville ’73, ’80), who retired Dec. 31 after almost 40 years of service to the university, was elected treasurer in 1990 and assumed the additional responsibilities of chief financial officer in 2012.

Headshot of John Tickle
John Tickle Appointed as New Trustee

New trustee

Businessman, philanthropist and UT graduate John D. Tickle was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to serve on the UT Board of Trustees in October. He fills the unexpired term of former UT Trustee and Board Vice Chairman Brian Ferguson. Tickle (Knoxville ’65) is chairman of Strongwell Corporation and a longtime supporter of the university. In 2013, the 110,000-square-foot Tickle Engineering Building, funded in part by a gift from Tickle and his wife, Ann (Knoxville ’65), was dedicated on the UT Knoxville campus. In 2010, the couple were named Philanthropists of the Year by the UT Development Council. The award recognized their support of the $1 billion Campaign for Tennessee through a gift that enabled a 32,000-squarefoot expansion of the John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital within the UT College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.

1986 Alumnus Cover

Countdown to 100: Tennessee Alumnus 1917-2017

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The fall 1986 issue featured a painting on the cover by former Alumnus designer Ted Williams (Knoxville ’55). The painting commemorated the national UT Alumni Association’s 150th anniversary and a statewide Torch Run on Oct. 7, 1986, by hundreds of alumni runners. On the inside cover was news of the debut of a graphic symbol to represent the university statewide, also designed by Williams. Followed by some other variations, that symbol returned as the centerpiece of a 2006 UT System rebranding campaign, and it remains today the logo for the System.