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Dixie Thompson Named Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Congratulations to Dixie Thompson, Associate Dean, Research and Academic Affairs in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.  Dixie has been named as vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.  Dixie will assume the duties of this post effective April 1 which will include all aspects of graduate education at the University of Tennessee and at the UT Space Institute.

A faculty member at UT since 1994, Dixie is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies and served as the department head from 2008 until 2012.

Dixie has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia. She attended the 2008 HERS Summer Institute at Bryn Mawr College for intensive leadership training in higher education administration and participated in the 2009–2010 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program. She is a fellow and board of trustees member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services will miss her wealth of leadership experience but we wish her much success in her new appointment.