Alumni & Friends

The meaningful connections we make in college don’t lie dormant in the 363 days between Homecomings.

Staying connected is easy when UT alumni are present in nearly every career field and many countries around the world. Vols hold leadership positions in companies like PepsiCo North American Foods and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and have served in other prestigious positions, including as deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama and as a justice of the Tennessee State Supreme Court. Alums can be found in Mexico, France, Jordan, Germany, and many other countries.

The shrinking job market has led to an excess of qualified candidates for nearly every open position; now more than ever, personal networking is essential for individuals looking to begin or advance their careers. UT has developed several devices to help alumni connect with fellow alums in their fields, including a job search tool informing alumni about openings listing fellow UT alumni as contacts, and an online database with information about alumni in various career fields; conversely, UT alums looking to hire can use these sites to find any fellow Vols who fit their desired candidate profile. In addition, the Alumni Association offers regional career fairs, industry-specific networking events, and career-counseling services.

To find fellow alumni in your area, keep up to date with the latest reunions and other alumni events, and find out how you can contribute to ensuring future Vols have the best academic and career resources, visit

We get by with a lot of help from our friends.

Ongoing private support from a global network of alumni and friends helps to advance our best programs, attract the most talented faculty, and support our brightest students.


More than 75,000 alumni and friends contributed to the Campaign for Tennessee, the most ambitious fundraising effort in university history. The campaign concluded in 2011 with $1.3 billion raised systemwide.

Our campus has reaped the benefits of additional resources and has strategically invested in our strengths and areas targeted for improvement.

“Private support is vital as UT moves toward our goal of being a Top 25 public research university,” Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said. “Every gift supports our educational mission and improves the experience for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and fans.”

Although the campaign concluded, the momentum continues to make a difference in our goals for faculty endowments and professorships and scholarships. Private support has made the endowed professorships for the Pride of the Southland Band Director and the Doug and Brenda Horne professorships within the College of Business Administration possible, to name just a few. Faculty opportunities such as these help attract and retain world-class faculty.

With less than 30 percent of UT's budget being provided by the state, private gifts allow us to continue to improve and enhance our programs for students. Be a friend of the University of Tennessee and help us better serve our students, alumni, community...and you.

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