UTC NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, September 2, 1999
UTC Announces Administrative Changes
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor Bill Stacy has announced two executive administration appointments. Richard Brown has been named Vice Chancellor for Operations, and Dr. William Aiken has been appointed Acting Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance.
"I am pleased to accept this opportunity to serve with Chancellor Stacy in this new capacity," said Brown. "He brings outstanding leadership and vision to the University, and I am privileged to be a part of his executive team. I recognize my outstanding staff for their tremendous service to this campus and look forward to continuing to work with them for the betterment of the University."
In his new role, Brown will serve as the chief operating officer for UTC&emdash;creating, maintaining and enhancing the learning environment. He will bring operations issues directly to the Executive Council and will also be an effective voice for the campus in interactions with the UT system, city, county, state and national agencies on matters of campus buildings and operations. His areas of responsibility include Facilities and University Planning, Campus Safety, Business Services, Communication and Technology Services, Risk Management, Safety and Environmental Health, as well as Parking, the UTC Arena, and the University's auxiliary contract operations.
Brown joined the UTC staff in 1984 as Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police and has held numerous progressive administrative positions for the University. Prior to his new appointment, Brown served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration.
"Vice Chancellor Brown brings a high level of credibility to this position, both on campus and in the community," said Stacy. "He has largely had the responsibilities for these areas over the years and has managed them well. This is just an expansion of those duties to include all of the elements that go into the operating parameters of the campus. I have full confidence in his abilities."
Brown will also be responsible for overseeing the development of a University-wide master plan, campus expansion south of McCallie Avenue, the establishment of a community outreach center, and continued urban planning and growth.
"It is a great honor to serve the campus in the important areas as budget and finance," said Aiken. "Chancellor Stacy has worked to bring a higher level of openness and to increase participation in the campus' budgeting process, and I look forward to continuing the momentum that this effort has gained."
Aiken oversees areas including Budget, Disbursements, Payroll, Computing Services, Bursar's Office and Mocs Express Fee Payment, and Personnel. Aiken, who joined the UTC staff in 1989, previously served as Associate Provost for Academic Administration.
"Dr. Aiken, having worked with our academic budget for many years, brings a thorough understanding of the campus and our procedures," said Chancellor Stacy. "As a campus we are striving to clarify our budget assumptions, and I know that his knowledge and abilities will keep us moving forward in this effort."
The administrative changes result from the resignation of Dr. George Ross, who left the UTC Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance post for an appointment at Clark University, Atlanta. The new appointments represent a division of responsibilities formerly held by Ross.
"This has given us the opportunity to concentrate on the functions and to give equal importance to the campus' budget and finance needs as well as our operational needs," said Stacy.
A search committee for a permanent Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance will begin work in September.
Last updated: September 13, 1999.
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