1959 – 1970
Andrew D. “Andy” Holt Presidency
Andrew D. “Andy” Holt was already a nationally prominent educational administrator when he began his career at UT. At the end of World War II, Holt, who served in the Army preparing training programs for high schoolers, declined an offer to become public relations director for the US Office of Education. Instead, he returned to his home state of Tennessee and his position as executive secretary of the Tennessee Education Association. While with the TEA, Holt successfully lobbied for a state retirement plan for teachers and a statewide sales tax to help finance public education. In 1948, he was elected as the first vice president of the National Education Association and became president in 1949, the first time a state association executive secretary had been elevated to that office. He was also once named chairman of the US Delegation to the World Organization of the Teaching Profession meeting. Holt began at UT in 1950 as executive assistant to President Cloide Brehm. He rose to become Brehm’s vice president and made substantial contributions to UT’s improvement including the establishment of a faculty retirement system and the creation of a development council to organize and promote a development fund. Selected as the 16th president of UT, Holt took office on July 1, 1959. His administration was marked by a burst of energy. Student enrollment tripled; faculty and staff doubled; eight new buildings were added; the west side of campus was developed, and the physical plant doubled in size and tripled its value. Holt also made a lasting impact during his administration through his relationship with J. Clayton Arnold, the first million-dollar donor to the College of Education. He spoke to almost any community group that invited him, estimating that in one year alone he had given 150 speeches. After the creation of the UT System in 1968, Holt became its first president, and UT Knoxville created the position of chancellor. He retired in 1970 and died in Knoxville on August 7, 1987. His daughter, Ann Skadberg, and her husband, Dean, established the Andrew D. Holt Endowed Professorship in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences in 2018.