UTC plans installation ceremonies for new chancellor
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announces plans for a series of events surrounding the installation of Dr. Roger G. Brown as Chancellor of the institution.
The planned activities, scheduled for February 16-18, include convocations, symposia, and social gatherings for a variety of audiences, including, faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and community friends. All of the installation activities will be funded by private gifts.
“An installation is an opportunity to celebrate the history and the future of this great university,” said Brown. “It reinforces the public face of the University in the community and offers an opportunity for me to commit my efforts and the University to the shared missions of education, research, and service for the betterment of this region and the state of Tennessee.”
On Friday, February 17, Dr. James H. Woodward Jr., Chancellor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will address a symposium on “Empowering the Metropolitan University.” Woodward led UNC Charlotte from 1989 to 2005, a period during which the university doubled in enrollment, added many strong state-of-the-art degree programs, and built a corporate, financial and industrial partnership with the Charlotte region that is a national success story.
“The theme for the installation activities is ‘Bridges to Excellence.’ Building bridges on campus with faculty, staff, and students and off campus with various constituents in the community represents a major area of emphasis for my efforts,” said Brown. “UTC shares many of the opportunities, challenges and aspirations that UNC Charlotte has faced. I believe Dr. Woodward will be able to share exciting prospects for us as we work together in the coming years.”
On Thursday, February 16, Brown will preside over a University Convocation for faculty, staff, and students where he will present his first “State of the University” address. At that time, he will outline his vision for the future of the campus as well as highlight many of the accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students.
“I am honored to serve as leader of this campus,” said Brown. “In my first six months here, I have heard story after story of faculty and staff members whose service to students goes beyond the constraints of their resources and their dedication to this University. I am equally impressed by the strength of relationship between UTC and this community that sets us apart from other colleges and universities.”
The formal Installation Ceremony and Academic Procession will be held Saturday morning, February 18, at Patten Chapel. At that time, UT President John Petersen will install Brown as the campus’ fifteenth leader.
Leadership installations in higher education date to colonial times. The last such ceremony on the Chattanooga campus occurred in 1966 when Dr. William H. Masterson was installed as President of the University of Chattanooga, a predecessor institution to UTC.
“Bridges to Excellence”
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Thursday, February 16
Student Leadership Luncheon
University Convocation and Facutly/Staff Celebration Dinner
Friday, February 17
Symposium and Luncheon:
“Empowering the Metropolitan University”
Saturday, February 18
Academic Procession and Installation Ceremony
January 27, 2006