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Roger G. Brown installed as Chancellor

Chancellor Roger G. Brown was installed as the University’s fifteenth leader on Saturday, February 18 before an assembly of faculty, staff, students, friends, former chancellors and delegates from higher education institutions and governing bodies.

The Installation Ceremony began with an academic processional to historic Patten Chapel lead by Dr. Richard Rice, Mace Bearer, Installation Marshal Dr. Deborah McAllister and Assistant Installation Marshal, Dr. Cathie Smith. Musical accompaniment was provided by the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. Under the direction of Roland Carter. Holmbert Professor of American Music, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Men’s Choir performed the National Anthem and additional selections. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chamber Singers, under the direction of Kevin Ford, provided a musical interlude to close the program, which included the Alma Mater.

Dr. John Petersen, University of Tennessee President conducted the installation of Chancellor Brown. Joined by Chancellor Brown’s spouse and partner, Dr. Carolyn Thompson, Petersen made the presentation of the Chain of Office which was followed by Chancellor Brown’s installation remarks. Installation remarks.

The installation marked the culmination in a series of campus and community events surrounding this historic occasion. The theme for the installation activities was “Bridges to Excellence.”

On Thursday, February 16 Chancellor Brown’s first meeting was with campus student leaders, where he conveyed his gratitude for their service to the campus and delivered his vision for the role students will play in his administration. Student Leadership Luncheon remarks.

Chancellor Brown presided over a University Convocation for faculty, staff, and students Thursday night and presented his first “State of the University” address. University Convocation address.

On Friday, February 17 Dr. James H. Woodward Jr., Chancellor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, addressed 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. Symposium address.

A gala Friday night at The Chattanoogan Hotel gathered friends of the University for a sumptuous dinner and dancing.

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.

Visit the UTC Installation Weekend Gallery

View the installation program. (pdf)

March 1, 2006

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