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Message from Your New Chancellor

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Dear Colleagues-Friends,

Peter Buckley is my name, and I am very excited to work FOR YOU as your new Chancellor!

First, I am sorry to see that so many of us were affected by the power outages in Memphis as a result of last week's winter weather. For those of you still without power, please stay warm while the utilities are being repaired!

Since I cannot get around to meeting you all face-to-face just yet, I have respectfully recorded an introduction:

I'm excited to join with you as we start charting the next great chapter at UTHSC TOGETHER! While this is my first official week in the office, I was lucky enough to gather last week with the leadership of all the UT campuses as we embark on the BeOneUT mission. It was a terrific retreat hosted by UT President Randy Boyd, and we viewed the OneUT Collaboration grant winners' presentations, heard from the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, brainstormed around ways we can work better as a System, heard an update from our VP of Government Relations and Advocacy, and even had a visit from Governor Bill Lee.

Governor Lee presented his 2022 State of the State address to the Tennessee General Assembly last week, where he proposed a budget that saw higher education receiving around 24% of new funding. This incredible proposal would help to fund HOPE Scholarships, the new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System to replace IRIS, capital projects for UTHSC, a 4% salary pool for our employees, fund a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and UTHSC to improve rural access to dental care, recurring funds to address the state's residency shortage, support medical students, and increase health care across the state! We are thankful for Governor Lee's support and look forward to working with the legislature as they consider this budget proposal.

Mark your calendars! I look forward to sharing my early vision for UTHSC with you at a virtual Inaugural Address on Tuesday, February 22, at 12:00 pm CST. You can register now for the Zoom info.

I will be sharing regular updates with you, as I want to keep you in the loop on what is happening with UTHSC. I am excited to begin listening and learning more about the needs of the University, so I can be of service TO YOU... whether you are a trainee, employee, or collaborator in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, or anywhere across our great State of Tennessee!


Sláinte! (a nod to my Irish heritage for your good health, cheers, or best wishes, and is pronounced “slawn-che”)
Dr. Peter Buckley Signature

May 26, 2022