UT Leaders Share Book Lists

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Leaders from the University of Tennessee share the books that have impacted them—or ones they’re reading or planning to read.

UT President Randy Boyd headshot.
Randy Boyd
UTK Chancellor Donde Plowman headshot
Donde Plowman
UTC Chancellor Steven Angle headshot
Steven Angle
UTS Interim Chancellor Linda Martin headshot
Linda Martin
UTM Chancellor Yancy Freeman headshot
Yancy Freeman
UTHSC Chancellor Peter Buckley
Peter Buckley
Keith Carver headshot
Keith Carver
Kerry Witcher headshot
Kerry Witcher
Herb Byrd headshot
Herb Byrd

What are your favorite books?

UT System President Randy Boyd:

  • Built to Last by Jim Collins
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  • Love Your Enemies by Arthur C. Brooks

UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman:

  • Good to Great by James Collins
  • Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave by Ryan Holiday
  • Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

UT Martin Chancellor Yancy Freeman:

  • Good to Great by James Collins
  • The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

UT Health Science Center Chancellor Peter Buckley:

  • The Culture Warrior: Leadership Lessons from Joe Scarlett

UT Institute for Public Service Vice President Herb Byrd:

  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  • Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • What Makes a Man? 12 Promises that will change your life by Bill McCartney

Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs/UT Foundation President and CEO Kerry Witcher:

  • A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer
  • A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

What are your impactful or life-Changing Reads?

UT Southern Interim Chancellor Linda Martin:

  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  • Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  • Power of Moments by Chip Heath


  • The Bible
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey


  • Showing Up for Life by Bill Gates Sr.
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … And It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
  • Leading Change by John Kotter


  • Love Your Enemies by Arthur C. Brooks
  • Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott

What are you reading now?

UT Institute of Agriculture Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President Keith Carver:

  • His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life by Jonathan Alter
  • The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
  • 40 Prayers for My Wife by Ryan Frederick
  • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

What is on your reading list?

UT Chattanooga Chancellor Steven Angle:

  • Charlatans by Robin Cook
  • Pull Up Your C.H.A.I.R. by Cicely Simpson
  • Toms River by Dan Fagin
  • Alex Cross Must Die by James Patterson


  • Artificial Intelligence by Melanie Mitchell
  • Justice by Means of Democracy by Danielle Allen
  • Shogun by James Clavell


  • The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
  • How to Play the Game of College by Shawn Boyd
  • The True Measure of a Man by Richard Simmons III


  • Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier by Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey
  • An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s by Doris Kearns Goodwin


  • The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon


  • Briarhill to Brooklyn by Jack Bodkin


  • To Be Honest: Lead with the Power of Truth, Justice and Purpose by Ron Carucci
  • Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures by Temple Grandin
  • The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon
  • The Vagrant: The Inner Journey of Leadership by Dan Rockwell and John David Mann


  • Love Your Enemies by Arthur C. Brooks
  • Think Again by Adam Grant
  • Judgement Prey by John Sandford