Martin continues as Interim Chancellor

UTS Vice Chancellor of Advancement Evan Beech, UTS Interim Chancellor Linda Martin and UT System President Randy Boyd.
UTS Vice Chancellor of Advancement Evan Beech, UTS Interim Chancellor Linda Martin and UT System President Randy Boyd.

UT Southern Interim Chancellor Linda Martin has agreed to extend her leadership role through the 2024-2025 academic year.

Martin’s tenure at UT Southern has focused on student-centered policies and a commitment to academic excellence to create an environment where innovation and collaboration thrive. Under her leadership, the university has seen an increase in enrollment, expanded community engagement programs and significant improvements in campus facilities and operations.

Martin has spearheaded efforts to secure funding for scholarships, grants and infrastructural developments. She has worked to cultivate a campus culture that values access, engagement and mutual respect.

UTS awarded $4 million for Campus Safety, Security

UT Southern campus
UT Southern campus

UT Southern is set to receive over $4 million from the state for campus safety and security enhancements. This funding will address a range of needs identified in a comprehensive campus safety assessment conducted in November 2023.

Key areas of focus include installing efficient lighting to enhance natural surveillance and increase safety. The report identified specific areas to be addressed, including adjusting light timers, improved maintenance of trees and shrubbery and collaborating with the city of Pulaski for streetlight improvements. Plans are underway for adding ground and floodlights to various buildings, ensuring operability of existing lights and installing new fixtures in key areas like walkways, entrances, parking lots and residential areas.

This significant investment also will address the need for more clearly defined borders at the East Campus with appropriate lighting and access.

UTS Receives Historic 600-acre Bequest

Dr. Bruce Wilson, a renowned cardiologist from Prospect, bequeathed to UT Southern a gift of 600 acres, the largest gift in the institution’s history.

Wilson, who died in December 2022, had a clear vision for his farm: to serve educational purposes while also generating income to sustain the facility. His dream was to enhance the educational offerings at UT Southern through practical use of this land. The land will be leased to local farmers, with the income from these leases directed into unrestricted funds to benefit students.