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J. Wade Gilley Papers

Identifier: AR-0793

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of two record boxes, containing documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings and an interview that document Gilley's presidency from his inauguration to his resignation from his post the University of Tennessee. It also contains correspondence addressed to and from university employees Judy Flanagan and Pamela Reed regarding Gilley's administration.


  • 1999-2002, undated
  • undated

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2 Linear Feet


The J. Wade Gilley collections contains the papers from his time as the president of the University of Tennessee from 1999-2001. It contains reading files, newspaper clippings, memos and correspondence related to his inauguration, time as president adnd resignation. as well as administrative papers and correspondence from during his presidency, and newspaper clippings and an audio tape interview related to his resignation.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Wade Gilley was born August 15 1938 in Fries, Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech University for his B.S. (1961), M.S. (1963), and Ph.D. (1966) in civil engineering. From 1977-1982, he served as Virginia's Secretary of Education. Afterwards he served as senior vice president at George Mason University from 1982-1991, as president of Marshall University from 1991-1999, and as president of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 1999-2001. At Tennessee, he presided over a budget crisis and an administrative restructuring. He resigned from his position in 2001 amid allegations of inappropriate relations with a subordinate.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as AR.0600.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA