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William T. Snyder Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0516

This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, tables and graphs on academic departments and colleges, meeting minutes from various planning committees, promotional university publications, and other information documenting the Office of the Chancellor during William T. Snyder's administration.

Series I contains information on issues discussed between Chancellor Snyder and UT faculty and staff, including Marianne Woodside (Executive Assistant to the Chancellor), John Peters (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), Michael Devine (Vice Chancellor for Research), Sue Mettlen (Vice Chancellor for Information Infrastructure), Phil Scheurer (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Administration), and Alan Chesney (Executive Director of Human Resources). This series is composed primarily of correspondence and meeting agendas, complete with handwritten notes.

Series II contains information on business, industry, academic, and government partnerships made by the University, including a failed partnership with Prosolvia, a Swedish company, to build an Advanced Visualization Center in Knoxville. This incident led to a conflict of interest and the subsequent resignation of the Vice Chancellor for Information Infrastructure.

Series III contains data on university marketing campaigns and brand identification intended to emphasize UT Knoxville's place as the flagship research institution of the state and to distinguish it from the other members of the UT system. This series also houses Snyder's and others' visions for a comprehensive UT marketing strategy and some of the promotional publications that resulted.

Series IV contains information on a wide variety of campus affairs, including diversity, environmental policy, five-year plans, and the university-wide restructuring that resulted from a budget crisis in the late 1990's (addressed by ACPB, the Advisory Committee for Planning and Budgeting). Much of this series consists of correspondence, action plans, and data tables developed by the various committees concerned with these issues. This series also houses papers and articles written by UT administrators in support of statewide tax reform to support higher education as well as many calls for students and faculty to write and call state lawmakers.

Series V contains correspondence with students and alumni during the early years of the Chancellor's administration. The letters involve a wide range of subjects including students issues, scholarships, recruitment, and alumni requests.

Series V contains correspondence with the public during the early years of the Chancellor's administrations. Many of the letters contain information regarding events held by the Chancellor, appointments to the athletic staff, and issues with the UTK system. General Correspondence contains many letter of congratulations and thanks from the Chancellor.

Dates

  • 1991-1998

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

6.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, tables and graphs on academic departments and colleges, meeting minutes from various planning committees, promotional university publications, and other information documenting the Office of the Chancellor during William T. Snyder's administration. This material shows such subjects as issues to be addressed by the Chancellor's staff, information on research partnerships undertaken by the university, academic affairs and departmental restructuring, efforts to create a brand image for UT Knoxville, and correspondence with staff, the public, and students.

Biographical/Historical Note

William T. Snyder began his career at the University of Tennessee in 1964 at the Space Institute in Tullahoma. He then joined the College of Engineering on the Knoxville campus, where he progressed to Department Head of Engineering and Mechanics and then to Dean of the College in 1983. Snyder was named UTK Chancellor in 1992 and used the position to champion affirmative action, diversity, and new technologies. Upon stepping down in 1999, he began a special assignment for President J. Wade Gilley developing strategies for implementing the president's new Tennessee Plan for Academic Excellence.

Arrangement

Collection consists of seven boxes divided into 6 series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Chancellor's Staff Files
  2. Series II: Research Partnerships
  3. Series III: UTK Marketing
  4. Series IV: Academic and Campus Issues
  5. Series V: Student and Alumni Correspondence
  6. Series VI: Public Correspondence

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, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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