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Chattanooga welcomes Dr. Tom Buggey

Calling UTC one of Siskin Children’s Institute’s “very best friends,” Jerry Jensen, President of Siskin Children's Institute, said the University “understands very well reaching out and becoming intertwined with the community.  We thank UTC for reaching out to Siskin.”

His comments came at a welcoming reception for Dr. Tom Buggey, the newly named Siskin Children's Institute Chair of Excellence. Buggey serves as a faculty member in the UTC College of Health, Education and Professional Studies, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at the University.  He also conducts research at Siskin Children's Institute, and helps the Institute stay on the cutting edge of educational programming for children with disabilities.

Dr. John Freeman, Education Graduate Studies Division department head at UTC, said Buggey has published frequently in professional journals. Buggey also applied for 41 grants and was awarded 40 times, according to Freeman, noting the value of the grants was $4.5 million.

In addition to his great productivity, Freeman said he was “taken with the passion and compassion” Buggey brought to his research.  “For him, it is still about the children,” Freeman said.  “He has dedicated his life to helping children with special needs.”

Buggey holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education, and he earned his Ph.D. in Early Intervention from Penn State in 1993.  His newest assignment in Chattanooga is “the culmination of my career,” according to Buggey, one that “allowed me to follow my bliss where the need is, and where I felt good.”

Chancellor Roger Brown said the University is looking forward to working with Buggey as he unlocks the mysteries of autism.  “Dr. Buggey brings distinction to our campus and community,” Brown said.
Saying UTC is a wonderful place with wonderful people, Buggey said Siskin Children’s Institute tipped the scale in his decision to accept the Chair of Excellence.  “Where you do the most good, where you can cure, is in early childhood,” he said. 

“I can’t tell you how thrilled and how humbled I am,” Buggey said.  “I want to be the bridge between the University and the community, and put Siskin Children’s Institute more on the map than it is now.

Buggey Event photo
From left: Chancellor Roger Brown, Dean Mary Tanner,
Siskin Children's Institute President Jerry Jensen, Dr. Tom Buggey

Buggey Event photo
Dr. Tom Buggey and his wife Ann meet guests

February 23, 2007