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Dean's Board of Advisors

Dean’s Board of Advisors


  • Cathy Stubbs
  • Mike Tomasello
  • Susan Dillard
  • Bernie Rosenblatt
  • Tony Brown
  • Gary Blauser
  • Bill McKee
  • Randy Atkins
  • Hunter Baddour
  • Gail Van Hoozier
  • Becky Little
  • James Obear
  • Judy Wahl
  • Melissa McKown


  • Laura Payne
  • Mary Ann Searle
  • Kathy Ebener
  • Ann Skadberg
  • Marilyn Liberman
  • Linda Starnes

Absent Active Members:

  • Katie Cyphers
  • Ellen Watson James
  • Laurie Nichols
  • Yolanda Taylor-Statom
  • Tim Young
  • Kathy Eakin
  • Betty Gill
  • Linda Bradley Thacker
  • Tom Starnes

Emeritus Members:

  • Martha Attaway
  • Gary Blauser
  • Susan Dillard
  • Kathy Eakin
  • Betty Gill
  • Marilyn Liberman
  • Bernie Rosenblatt
  • Linda & Tom Starnes

Inactive Emeritus Members:

  • David Bailey
  • Mary Helen Byers
  • Dee Haslam
  • Emily McCluskey

Ex Officio Members:

  • Bob Rider, Dean
  • Randy Atkins
  • Carey Davis

The CEHHS Dean’s Board of Advisors is a group of alumni and supporters interested in helping the college achieve its fullest potential. The Dean’s Board of Advisors serves in a collaborative relationship with an advisory capacity to the leadership and faculty of the CEHHS to:

  1. Engage in dialogue with the Dean about the future of the CEHHS, provide counsel on key issues confronting the college, and facilitate a continuing liaison between the college and the various constituents it serves;
  2. Work to enhance the quality of the CEHHS programs, expand educational opportunities of students, and advance the reputation of the college’s respective departments; and
  3. Promote active involvement of persons interested in the advancement of the mission and vision of the college;
  4. Support the college’s need to continuously improve by agreeing to:
    1. make a personal time, talent, and monetary commitment at an appropriate level based on one’s capabilities;
    2. actively assist the college’s development office by recommending sources of gift and research funds from private, foundation and corporate sources; and
    3. articulate the college’s vision and plans and have the skills to engage alumni and friends in supporting the college with direct and indirect financial support. When appropriate, this may include participation in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship visits with college administrators and/or staff.

The mission of the CEHHS Dean’s Board of Advisors is to:

  1. Promote active involvement of persons interested in the advancement of the mission and vision of the CEHHS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville;
  2. . Enhance the quality of all programs of CEHHS by seeking contributions both intellectually and monetarily from Board Members and their extended communities; and
  3. Advise and make recommendations to the Dean and Department Heads as requested.

Vision Statement:

Our vision for the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee is to be nationally and internationally recognized for our rich academic programs, highly qualified faculty and staff, and diverse and academically talented student population. The collective vision of our students, faculty, staff, and administration is one that aspires to build on the reputation and to achieve extraordinary results in the areas of learning, research, outreach, diversity, and enrichment of quality of life.

  • We have more than 130 faculty members and 3,000 students;
  • We have eight academic departments;
  • Our undergraduate programs are housed in five academic departments and include thirteen distinct program areas:
  • Our graduate school has seventeen distinct program areas and Teacher Education is our graduate school’s largest program, accounting for 25 percent of total enrollment;
  • We house twenty centers, institutes, laboratories, and ongoing research projects;
  • In 2007 alone, our accomplished faculty published fifteen books, twenty-two book chapters, and 113 articles in professional journals. Three professors were presidents of national and international associations;
  • Each year, we award nearly $600,000 in scholarships;
  • Approximately 20 percent of our annual budget comes from private donations.

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