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Jack E. Reese Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0530

This collection contains material documenting nearly the entirety of Professor Jack Reese's career at the University of Tennessee. Much of this information dates from Reese's time in administrative positions and includes texts of prepared speeches, correspondence with other administrators, professors, and student publications, and items showing position searches. The collection also houses materials documenting Reese's time as Director of the College Scholars Program after his resignation from administration and his involvement in local city groups focusing on environmental issues and community development.

Dates

  • 1968-1996

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains material documenting nearly the entirety of Professor Jack Reese's career at the University of Tennessee. Much of this information dates from Reese's time in administrative positions and includes texts of prepared speeches, correspondence with other administrators, professors, and student publications, and items showing position searches. The collection also houses materials documenting Reese's time as Director of the College Scholars Program after his resignation from administration and his involvement in local city groups focusing on environmental issues and community development.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jack Edward Reese was born to William James and Alyce Genevieve (Pace) Reese in Henderson, North Carolina on April 12, 1929. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Berea College in 1951 and continued on to the University of Kentucky, where he earned his Master's Degree in 1953 and his Doctorate in 1961. He also served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957 and reached the rank of Lieutenant junior grade. Reese married Nancy Ann Larsen on August 31, 1957 and the couple had two children. After completing his PhD, Reese joined the English faculty at Tennessee. Here, he progressed in the English department before moving into Graduate Studies administration.

In 1972, Reese was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He was promoted to Chancellor in 1973, where he remained for 16 years. During this time, he succeeded in increasing state funding for UT and was among the first to realize the potential for closer ties to Oak Ridge National Laboratory by establishing several of the first joint programs. He was especially proud of the John C. Hodges Library renovation that took place during his tenure as chancellor. Reese also established the first centers and chairs of excellence, enhancing UT's research efforts and national profile as a leading research institution. After stepping down as Chancellor, Reese began directing the College Scholars Program, which allows outstanding students to design their own customized courses of study.

Reese's community and statewide service included working as chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission, member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, chair of the Knoxville Waste Management Committee, and board member for Webb School, Knoxville Opera Company, Knoxville Urban League, and Tennessee Technology Foundation. He also helped to organize the Knoxville Writers' Guild. Reese died on May 9, 2005 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 76.

Arrangement

Collection consists of three series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Prepared Speeches
  2. Series II: Knoxville and Campus Topics
  3. Series III: Honors and Awards

Acquisition Note

Collection was transferred to University Archives from the Office of the Chancellor.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480