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Tech also presented financial news to the Board of Trustees. Given that our fall enrollment bested the projections used to formulate the 2019-2020 budget, we shared with the board one possible plan: a 1% salary increase pool and a 1% one-time bonus pool. Details of the proposal are still...

Where will we be in 2025?

Welcome back for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. It has been a very busy summer at Tech, and I wanted to share some of the great things that have happened. Tech has completed many construction and landscaping projects, including Bartoo and Kittrell halls, and the Volpe Library. ...

Rural Wings Up!

Dear Students, On Saturday morning, you made headlines in the Wall Street Journal. Peggy Noonan told the world what I already knew. You are hardworking, less cynical, more earnest. You are mature, gracious and welcoming. And smart. You came here to change your world and the world around you. Now I’d...
Since this blog launched in 2012, it has served as a place to celebrate, inform and reflect. I am thrilled that this semester I’ll share this blog with four faculty members who will write about the most inspiring actions this university has experienced since we started to shape Tech...

Thankfulness (turkey optional)

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I know all of us are anxious to spend special time with family, friends, food, and football. Although not totally American, the practice of periodically pausing to show thankfulness has been a part of the American story since early colonial days. However, it is noteworthy that...

Lest we forget

To pause and reflect on this historic Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of World War I, I’m honored to share a message written by Dr. Michael Birdwell, Tech history professor. Birdie, as we all know him, has dedicated his professional life to research and teaching so that we...

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

Under construction

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...