Feb. 13, 2002
Dr. Tom Rakes, Interim President at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, has accepted a cabinet position with the University of Tennessee at Martin. Rakes will serve as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UTM. This position is the second ranking administrative officer and includes responsibilities similar to those he held at ULM for the past year and a half as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Dr. Rakes says, "I have been exploring career options
for several months beginning this past fall and this position
at UT Martin represents an excellent match for my interests and
abilities. This position provides an opportunity for me to continue
involvement as a senior level administrative officer at an institution
recognized for a long tradition of excellence involving outstanding
undergraduate programs across a number of disciplines including
social and behavioral sciences, humanities, agriculture, nursing
teacher education, business and engineering. Offering specialization
in approximately 80 fields of study, the University of Tennessee
at Martin is listed as a second tier southern institution by
US News and is currently experiencing an enrollment increase.
I am excited about joining the faculty and staff at one of the
South's best established institutions."
Dr. Nick Dunagan, Chancellor of the UT Martin campus, says, "Our entire campus is excited about Tom Rakes joining the UT Martin team. Tom's rich background in higher education is impressive. Our search committee talked to numerous ULM faculty and staff members, and those responses were glowing. We are indeed fortunate to have Tom Rakes coming back to Tennessee."
Georgiann Potts, ULM's Director of Public Affairs, says, "We accept Interim President Rakes' decision with mixed feelings. We, of course, are delighted for him and for his family as they make this career move, however, we regret the loss of this academic leader. The University of Louisiana at Monroe is a stronger institution because of his leadership and we gratefully acknowledge his many actions on the University's behalf. We wish him well."