Former Tennessee Governors Host a New Podcast Series

Campus News

  • The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy launched You Might Be Right, a new podcast series hosted by former Tennessee governors Phil Bredesen and Bill Haslam.
  • UT Knoxville saw record enrollment of more than 6,700 first-year students and welcomed its largest student body of more than 33,000 students this fall.
  • Several construction projects are underway or in the design and planning phases—renovations at Neyland Stadium, additions to the College of Veterinary Medicine, the creation of a new teaching and learning center at UT’s Institute of Agriculture, and the new Croley Nursing Building, estimated for completion in fall 2025.


  • Professor and H.H. Arnold Chair John Schmisseur was selected as executive director of the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma. He’ll lead the institute’s vision to expand research on next-generation hypersonic and aerothermodynamic technologies to meet the nation’s aerospace and defense needs.
  • Lynne Parker was named associate vice chancellor and director of the AI Tennessee Initiatives after serving a four-year post with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as deputy U.S. chief technology officer and director of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office.


Thomas Cruise
Thomas Cruise
  • GI Jobs magazine selected Thomas Cruise, assistant director of the Veterans Success Center, as a 2022 Veteran Champion of the Year in higher education.
  • UT Knoxville launched a first-of-its-kind Veteran Impact Program to help veterans transition from military service to college life. This fall, the campus welcomed one of its largest groups of veterans and currently supports nearly 1,400 military-connected and veteran students.
  • The Armed Forces Memorial was dedicated, honoring the sacrifice of students, faculty and staff from all UT campuses who died in the line of duty while in military service to the United States.


Leadership from the University of Tennessee and Eastman celebrate the Eastman Innovation Center's opening by cutting an orange ribbon made from high-tech material.
Leadership from the University of Tennessee and Eastman celebrate the Eastman Innovation Center’s opening by cutting an orange ribbon made from high-tech material.
  • As core members of the National Science Foundation’s Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing, Moving from Evolution to Revolution (HAMMER), UT announced its collaborative efforts to research and develop next-generation standards in America’s manufacturing industry. UT also was awarded the Mid-South Innovation Corps Hub from the National Science Foundation. The hub will launch in January 2023 and develop collaborative strategies to advance the region’s economic competitiveness.
  • UT Knoxville ranked seventh globally in the TCU Global University Entrepreneurship Research Productivity Rankings. The ranking demonstrates UT Knoxville’s commitment to research, innovation and entrepreneurial excellence.
  • The Eastman Innovation Center was dedicated on UT’s campus, expanding the partnership between the two institutions for research opportunities in economics, technology, materials science and other development projects.