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Dr. Philip OldhamOldham named Provost

Chancellor Roger Brown announced today that Dr. Philip Oldham has accepted the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Oldham comes to UTC from Mississippi State University where he serves as Professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences. Oldham will assume his new position in July.

“I am terribly excited about this opportunity,” said Oldham. “UTC is a great university with the potential to become even better, and my wife and I feel blessed for the chance to be part of that future.”

Oldham earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Freed-Hardeman University, and the Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Texas A & M University.

Oldham joined the Mississippi State faculty in 1986 as assistant professor of chemistry. He later served as head of the Chemistry Department before being named Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2001; he was named Dean in 2002. While on sabbatical in 1995, Oldham served as visiting scientist in the Health Sciences Research Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Philip Oldham accept our invitation to serve as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs here at UTC,” said Dr. Brown. “His professional experience, commitment to scholarship, and dedication to student success make him the perfect candidate to lead our academic affairs efforts.”

Along with his administrative duties, Oldham has maintained an active research program, most recently studying total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) with electrochemical control of the sensor surface. This is directed toward application of TIRF in the design and microfabrication of novel biosensor devices.

“I want to thank Dean Herb Burhenn for his outstanding service during this interim period. He has offered steady and consistent leadership for our academic programs,” said Dr. Brown.