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The greatest human invention

Innovation has been a consistent characteristic of Tennessee Tech through the years and is now a core tenant of the new Tennessee Tech Tomorrow Strategic Plan. We love and appreciate invention in all forms, just as we strive to create the most inventive culture of any university in the...

College is a team sport

As we welcomed our new and returning students to campus this week, I was struck yet again by their enthusiastic spirit and infectious optimism for the future. You cannot help but be excited and equally optimistic after spending even a few minutes with any one of them. To hear...
Campus traditions capture the core culture and passion of a university. And they can be a lot of fun. Over the past couple of years, the expression Wings Up has become a whole lot of fun. Using a forward fist with an extended thumb and little finger, students began using...
Architect's rendering of new laboratory science building

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As the beautiful fall colors filter onto campus along with seasonable temperatures, we are enjoying another exciting Homecoming week. As usual, the week is full of elections, student activities, concerts, alumni reunions and, of course, ball games. The reunions, particularly, cause us to reflect on Tennessee Tech “back in...

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 unable to get this simple question out of my mind....
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 created by students and faculty left us all more sure...
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 of April. These particular positions were selected not due...
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, preserve dollars for the academic units, and optimize efficiency of...
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 we serve students. This afternoon, we shared information with the...

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 day at Tennessee Tech, a community of faculty, staff and administrators...