University of Tennessee at Martin - Chancellor

TN, Martin

The University of Tennessee is accepting nominations and applications for the position of chancellor of the Martin campus. This leader will succeed Dr. Keith Carver, who was appointed in January 2023 to head the UT Institute of Agriculture after serving with great distinction as UT Martin’s chancellor since 2017.

The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of Tennessee at Martin and serves on the University of Tennessee leadership team, reporting directly to the UT System president. This position is appointed by the president and elected by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

UT Martin has developed into a highly-regarded institution that blends traditional liberal arts and sciences and professional programs within a small college environment. The university prepares students to lead, serve and succeed by fostering lifelong learning and civic and global responsibility. A UT Martin education extends beyond the classroom to include residential, professional and co-curricular opportunities, with particular emphasis on internships and experiential learning opportunities. As a community resource, the university provides leadership and support for the economic, environmental, social and cultural needs of the 21-county West Tennessee region and beyond.

The next chancellor will be responsible for leading UT Martin to new levels of achievement and must possess a proven record of successful oversight of complex institutions. Ideally, the chancellor will have an entrepreneurial spirit that will move the institution’s academic mission forward and lead efforts to raise new resources from the university’s many and broadly based constituents.

The chancellor will possess the skills to promote academic excellence and to provide leadership and administration of UT Martin. The chancellor is expected to provide visionary leadership in strategic initiatives to enhance the standing of the university, manage budget planning and accountability, respect and promote shared governance, enhance the diversity of the institution and continue to engage the university with the wider regional community.

The chancellor will be a highly visible figure both, externally and internally, who will be fully engaged with faculty, students, staff, alumni and the extended university family as he or she addresses the challenges of both the university and the region. The chancellor will create a culture where all students feel safe, respected and can succeed.

The chancellor should possess a strong commitment to public higher education in a teaching institution and a compelling desire to further the mission and core values of the institution. Those strengths will be realized in his or her ability to attract and retain exceptional faculty and students, increase private philanthropy, demonstrate success in implementing strategic planning and present a commitment to diversity and international initiatives.

UT Martin’s next chancellor will have the opportunity to lead a special and vibrant university toward future successes and will be presented with the opportunity to achieve the following professional and personal accomplishments:

  • Lead a student-centered institution with a solid reputation and positive momentum into its next chapters of success
  • Serve as a passionate advocate of a mission to enhance student success and the university’s resources, quality and impact
  • Oversee the implementation of a thoughtful and comprehensive strategic plan that will further build the university’s mission, relevance and resources
  • Partner with a cohesive and collaborative senior leadership team and a dedicated, energetic “family” of faculty and staff
  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees, leadership team and peer chancellors of a nationally respected system within a state that values – and invests in – higher education
  • Be an active and influential leader within West Tennessee and across the state, and meaningfully impact the quality of life and economic vitality

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Tennessee at Martin in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by May 19, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below.

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

John K. Thornburgh and Cathryn Davis


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the System Human Resources, Knoxville, TN 37996, telephone 865- 974-8170. Requests for accommodation of a disability may also be directed to this office.