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A Solid Foundation


October 14, 2016

A lot has changed since alumnus John D. Tickle last attended classes and visited with his engineering professors on the Hill.

But Tickle’s love for his alma mater has endured for more than 50 years.

To honor his most recent support, the UT Board of Trustees voted on October 14, 2016 to name the college for him.

The Tickle College of Engineering joins the Haslam College of Business as the only UT colleges so named.

The naming and the foundation of support it reflects better align the college with its aspirational top-ranked public university peers.

Tickle said he is humbled by such an honor and that he hopes the gift helps to accelerate the college’s growth and positive momentum.

“My wife, Ann, and I both believe that education is what fuels success—not just our own success, but the success of UT and the state as well,” Tickle said.

The support establishes a graduate fellowship program that will fund up to 30 doctoral students. It also provides for two new professorships and the expansion of student enrichment programs, along with the addition of up to nine professional advisors to boost support for students’ career goals.

“John wants our students to have the very best education and experience here so that they will graduate as the most versatile and well-trained professionals in their industries,” said Dean Wayne Davis.

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Over the years, the Tickle family has supported a wide range of UT’s academic and athletic programs. Large gifts funded the John D. Tickle Engineering Building and the John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital.

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