Appearance matters and perceptions become reality. Just as my mother always said, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” Whenever I visit another university, I enjoy getting up early for a run through the campus before it comes to life. You actually can get a...
On Saturday, I’m pleased that Gov. Bill Haslam and State Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman will honor and encourage our more than 1,200 graduates. But the day really is about the personal journeys of each individual who walks across the stage. It’s about the first-generation graduate, as well as...
Some TTU graduates in the near future won’t have to spend as much time polishing their resumes; they’ll be busy creating the jobs that inspire them. https://vimeo.com/91343981 The Volpe Library third floor is on the verge of becoming home to an innovation and discovery center that will change the way our...
The sad irony is the value of a college degree in our competitive global economy is greater than ever while access to that degree seems far too limited for most people. This modern dilemma has been coined the “Iron Triangle” of affordability, access and quality. Improvements in one side of...

Thank You, Whoever You Are.

On one of my recent routine, early morning trips to Nashville for yet another meeting of some sort, I lined up at the drive-thru of one of my favorite local fast food establishments to grab and go. Interestingly in our world of multitasking and instant everything, fast food doesn’t...

Not So Fast!

In case you have not heard the news, the proud 63-year-tradition of ROTC at Tennessee Tech continues! Thanks to tremendous support from Senators Alexander and Corker, Congressman Black, Governor Haslam and countless alumni and friends, the Army has reconsidered its plans to immediately close 13 ROTC units around the...

It's Just Not Right!

So what is 63 years of loyal service producing more than 1,600 commissioned officers, including a 4-star general, two 3-stars, two 2-stars, a brigadier general, and a rear admiral worth in today’s world? Apparently, not much. That’s certainly the message I received loud and clear a couple of days...

Words are still powerful

As we remind ourselves of the power and importance of free speech, I invite the campus community to mark Constitution Day with Tennessee Tech this evening. David Kopel, attorney and adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, will discuss the Second Amendment at our annual...

Welcome back

Welcome back. We’ve been waiting for you. Over the past week, Tech has taken on the wonderful tempo of a new fall semester. Today, students are telling their parents farewell and moving into residence halls. We’re welcoming more than 2,100 freshmen at convocation Friday. For me, the enthusiasm for the students’...

What Do You See?

Having been exceptionally near-sighted most of my life, I have always been envious of anyone with excellent eyesight. Fortunately, I am blessed with corrective eyewear. However, I have observed that even people with perfect eyesight don’t always see the same things, or they look at something routinely, but never...