UT Kicks Off UT Promise Endowment Campaign

UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver takes a picture with UT Interim President Randy Boyd, Tennessee Sen. John Stevens and students at Obion County Central High School as part of the UT Promise tour across the state.

Photo by Sam Thomas

At the UT Knoxville and UT Chattanooga football game, the UT System kicked off a $100 million UT Promise endowment campaign with the announcement of $17.5 million raised since March. Until the endowment is funded, the university will cover the cost of the students’ scholarships.

“This endowment will allow us to keep our promise for years to come,” UT Interim President Randy Boyd says.

The goal of UT Promise is to make higher education even more accessible and affordable for Tennessee students. UT Promise will welcome its first class in the fall of 2020, and the scholarship program will include those students who were previously enrolled in college when the program begins.

For more information or to make a donation, see tennessee.edu/ut-promise.


UT Announces Sale of Eugenia Williams Home

A low-slung mid-20th century brick and masonry mansion near the Tennessee river in Knoxville
Eugenia Williams house

The UT System announced the sale of the Eugenia Williams house to the Aslan Foundation in mid-October.

“Historic preservation is a key funding priority for the foundation, and we are pleased to be a part of ensuring that this building and its grounds are preserved for future public use and appreciation,” says Andrea Bailey, executive director for the foundation.

The university worked with the state of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management office to solicit sealed bids for the purchase of property. Bids were subject to a preservation easement on the house. The Aslan Foundation submitted the strongest bid at $4.025 million for the property, with provisions to preserve the house and retain the natural beauty of the property. Proceeds from the sale will be used to establish the UT Knoxville Promise Dr. David Hitt Williams Endowment, in honor of Williams’ father.


Moore Appointed as UT Board of Trustees Secretary and Special Counsel

Cynthia Moore
Cynthia Moore

After a national search, the UT Board of Trustees appointed Cynthia Moore as its secretary and special counsel. Moore previously served as the University of Pittsburgh’s deputy secretary of the Board of Trustees.

“This is such an exciting time to join the University of Tennessee,” Moore says. “I look forward to being an engaged member of the UT community and working collaboratively with Interim President Randy Boyd, the senior leadership team and all the many dedicated individuals from across the system who are contributing daily to its progress and future success.”

Catherine Mizell (Knoxville ’71, ’75) UT secretary, chief of staff and special counsel, retired at the end of 2019 after almost 40 years working at the university.