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What will it take?

As we anxiously await the return of more than 10,000 students to campus next week, the seasonal rhythms are very familiar. Excitement is building for the start of fall classes, football games and concerts. Everything seems normal, but I am

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Don’t Wait for Tennessee Tech Tomorrow, Make It

There’s nothing too bold and nothing too big for Tennessee Tech University. For the 600-plus campus and community members who participated in or visited the Tennessee Tech Tomorrow event in Bryan Fine Arts a couple of weeks ago, the energy

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Open letter to the Tech Community: Even in difficult times, our focus is on students

This past week at Tennessee Tech has been hard on a deeply personal level, both to many members of the Tech community and to myself: 19 valued Tech employees were notified that they would be laid off at the end

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Update on FY18 university budget

News about next fiscal year’s budget continues to evolve, and we shared the latest information with the Budget Advisory Committee yesterday. As we continue to work on this issue, our primary objectives are to serve students, protect our core mission,

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Open letter to campus about next year’s budget

This semester we will focus as a university on increasing the opportunities to share news about our successes and challenges. I am committed to bringing you news as quickly and directly as possible this semester that is relevant to how

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Thanksgiving Wishes

As we all take a break this week and have the opportunity to reflect on what we are thankful for, I thank every student for choosing Tennessee Tech. That choice inherently includes trust, and with that trust comes responsibility. Every

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A historic moment: board appointees announced

Earlier today, Governor Bill Haslam announced his appointments to the inaugural Tennessee Tech University Board of Trustees. We are all indebted to Governor Haslam for his leadership and personal investment of time to seat such an impressive group of outstanding

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Trust the process

It’s been a good week at Tennessee Tech by the numbers. Our first national rankings in U.S. News & World Report came, followed closely by news of a significant jump in our freshman retention rate. As exciting as it is

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What Do You Believe?

Life is good at Tennessee Tech to begin our second century. As we wrap up our first week of the fall semester, it is a beautiful late summer day in the Upper Cumberland. The 10,000-plus new and returning students animate

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Students, Students, Students

You have likely heard the first rule in real estate is “location, location, location.” Similarly, the first rule in higher education is “students, students, students.” Although it’s easy to get caught up in the details we contend with on a

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