2018 – 2019
Wayne Davis Interim Chancellorship
Tickle College of Engineering Dean Wayne T. Davis delayed his retirement, even though UT had already thrown him a retirement party, to serve as interim chancellor in 2018 after Beverly Davenport’s departure. He spent 47 years in the Tickle College of Engineering as a graduate student, tenured faculty member, associate dean, and dean. During Davis’s tenure, he hired an interim vice chancellor of diversity and engagement and joined ribbon cuttings for the Ken and Blaire Mossman Building and Phase II of the Student Union. Also while Davis was in office, UT set a record for applications, graduation and retention rates hit their highest values ever, and the university’s most ambitious fundraising campaign to date reached its $1.1 billion goal two years early. He finished his tenure when Donde Plowman began as chancellor on July 1, 2019.