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Dear Golden Eagle Community, I am impressed and encouraged by the amount and quality of work you all are doing on behalf of Tech students. Faculty, department chairs, deans, and academic staffs are showing such thoughtfulness in preparing physical classrooms and delivery methods. Administrative offices, with Facilities at the forefront, are finding ways to support students and faculty. We just completed our...
Unprecedented, challenging, inconvenient, strange, boring, lonely, uncertain, costly, anxious, depressing, quiet, surreal.  These are just a few of the words used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic, surely the most significant challenge of our lives.  In fact, words seem inadequate to describe the complete impact on each of us physically, emotionally, socially, psychologically, and financially. I have personally lived through numerous...
To say that this past week has been one of the most difficult in the history of Cookeville, Putnam County, and Tennessee Tech would be a gross understatement. Eighteen fatalities, 88 injured, over 500 buildings damaged, over 100 families lost homes.  Five families lost precious children and some children lost both parents.  The numbers are staggering. The stories of...

Wings of Kindness!

Kindness matters! It makes a difference. It may be simple, but it’s a really big deal. It doesn’t cost a dime, but the ROI is huge. And it’s clear that in our world today we need kindness more than ever. Tennessee Tech is known for its basic sense of values, work ethic, and culture of kindness.  I am excited to...

Forever Changed

Please enjoy this video, highlighting our 3rd Annual Lighting the Quad. https://youtu.be/Fntg7NcII-k As I stood at the end of the tunnel at the Hoop last Saturday before commencement, a mother approached me with a message. She was full of emotion and gratitude for her daughter’s experience at Tech. She said faculty members had supported her daughter in extraordinary ways, and she...

The Tennessee Tech story

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 being worked out. Pending board approval, any proposal would take...
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. We officially surpassed our $60 million Tennessee Tech Tomorrow Capital...
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 Tomorrow. These faculty members lead working groups dedicated to shaping the...
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 Thanksgiving did not become an annual federal holiday until President...

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 can better understand the effects of war, the heroes of...