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Strategic Priorities

The Campaign for Tennessee

The College of Arts & Sciences has played an important role in the Campaign for Tennessee, a capital campaign for the entire UT System with an overall goal of $1 billion. Since the campaign started in 2005, the college has exceeded each of its three goals—$50 million, $60 million, and $75 million, the last of which was achieved in September 2011—three months before the campaign officially ends in December 2011.

Torchbeare at nightThe college wishes to thank campaign co-chairs Natalie Haslam and Jane and Lowry Kline, and our honorary chair Don Jones for their tremendous leadership, generosity, and advocacy. Thanks, too, to all of our alumni and friends whose individual and combined philanthropy has made a significant difference to the college’s students, faculty, and programs.

The TOP 25 Initiative

The College of Arts & Sciences fully supports UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek in the effort to advance UT to rank among the Top 25 public institutions in the country. Currently, UT is ranked forty-sixth.

Philanthropy is critical to helping UT reach the Top 25 milestone, a process which concurrently benefits the college. Donor support is particularly sought for:

  • endowed faculty positions (chairs, professorships)
  • endowed graduate student support (fellowships, assistantships)
  • facilities (enhancements to new and current physical spaces)
  • endowed undergraduate student support (college-wide, Math Honors and creative performance-based scholarships)

Special Initiatives

With the scope and depth of the College of Arts & Sciences, there are a multitude of special initiatives currently underway that provide exciting opportunities for donor investment. These include:

  • Arts and Sciences Excellence Professorships (college-wide)
  • Strong Hall
  • Kenneth & Blaire Mossman Building
  • Tennessee Center for the Humanities (division-wide)
  • Artist-in-Residence Endowment (School of Art)
  • EPS Faculty Achievement Endowment (Earth and Planetary Sciences)
  • Creative Writing Program Endowment (English)
  • Center for Jacksonian America (History)
  • Center for the Study of War and Society (History)
  • Math Honors Program Student Scholarships (Math)
  • Steinway Initiative (School of Music—Campus-wide)
  • UT Singers Endowment Campaign (School of Music—Campus-wide)
  • Planetarium Upgrade (Physics and Astronomy)
  • Distinguished Psychology Faculty Award Fund (Psychology)
  • David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture Series (Religious Studies)
  • Judaic Studies Endowment (Religious Studies)
  • Center for the Study of Social Justice (Sociology)
  • Clarence Brown Theatre Society Artists Fund and Endowment (Department of Theatre)

For information on any philanthropic opportunity and the mechanics of making a gift, please contact the Arts and Sciences Office of Development.