The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dean Mac Retires
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MacDougall retires from UTC

For more than three decades, University students have swapped stories about the legendary Richard MacDougall, (still affectionately known as Dean Mac) Vice Chancellor for Student Development. MacDougall is retiring after 34 years of service to the University.

"It would be difficult to find a more loyal advocate for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga than Mac. His unique flair has enriched countless chapters in the history of the campus; his leadership is most appreciated, particularly through the construction and renovation of the now beautiful University Center. We will miss Mac's energy, work ethic, candor, and the way he can turn a phrase," said Chancellor Bill Stacy.

MacDougall arrived in the early 1970s to calm student unrest on the campus. Shannon Smith remembers him as "that candid guy with an office located on the second floor of Guerry. He was my yearbook advisor," Smith said. "Little did I know that eleven years later I would be working with him and later for him. He has loved his work on campus and his work with students. He has been a great role model for his work ethic. We have become his second family."

Another member of MacDougall's staff is Dr. Ellen Neufeldt, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Student Life. "It has been an honor to know him, work with and for him, and most of all learn from him. He will be greatly missed but leaves with a legacy of excellence for others to follow," Neufeldt said.

MacDougall also leaves us with wonderful words of wisdom, and we would like to share his top four tips from "All I really need to know, I learned from Dean Mac:"

4. "A good desk chair lasts 28 years with minor welding, tape and bolt adjustments."

3. "If a phone message lays on your desk for two days with no repeat calls, discard it and claim ignorance."

2. "Students are generally good (at wrecking an otherwise perfectly good Friday afternoon)."

And finally,

1. "If you don't like the campus culture, stick around for 34 years, it's bound to change eventually."