2020 Annual Report

We were ready for 2020. Our momentum going into the year was powerful and accelerating.

Then a pandemic struck.

The year 2020 tested our resolve, our fortitude, our determination. It put our creative culture, ingenuity and innovation to the test. The challenges brought by both the coronavirus pandemic and race crisis in America could’ve halted the momentum of our college. But they didn’t. Yes, the challenges were difficult to overcome. They tried us in new ways, but instead of stopping us, the challenges brought to light needed change and ways to improve. And they strengthened the team within the college.

We brought technology, training and a lot of compassion to bear to equip our faculty and students to be able to thrive in most unusual times. And we increased our attention to underrepresentation in our college and in the industry with authenticity and direct action.

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The pandemic wasn’t the only headline in our college in 2020. We think you’ll see in our annual report that our student creativity soared. Our faculty resolve was amplified. We advanced our commitment to having a diverse and inclusive environment. The generosity of our donors was record breaking. We formed and strengthened key partnerships for the benefit of students.

And we advanced the university’s land-grant mission to enrich the quality of life for people in our region and world.

The Tennessee RiverLine increased its reach across the region with the Tennessee RiverTowns program as well as in-depth research shared with all river communities. Learn more about the Tennessee RiverLine, its funding partners UT and TVA, and read insights from a community partner, Dr. Carolyn Crawford, director of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area in Alabama.

It was a difficult year, yes. But with vision and bold leadership, we kept our focus on our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends and on our creative culture—the keys to our long-term success.

To our stakeholders...

Alumni, donors, partners and friends, watch your mail for your printed copy of the 2020 annual report. Want to be sure to get your copy next year? Update your contact information.

Need an extra copy mailed to you? Send an e-mail to Amanda Johnson, amandajohnson@utk.edu, and include your name and address.

The annual report is one way we celebrate the legacy of our college, and that legacy was and is formed by you. On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, thank you for your continued support and advocacy.

Diversity Scholarship Endowment and Keystone Scholarship

In June, we partnered with HASTINGS Architecture and NOMA to create the $1M Diversity Scholarship Endowment and Keystone Scholarship. Learn about the endowment and scholarship and how you can support this important initiative to address underrepresentation of Black professionals in the architecture and design professions.

Read insights about the initiative from two HASTINGS Architecture professionals, David Bailey, principal; and Dillon Dunn.

Innovation through a Face Shield

Throughout 2020, we relied on our keen innovation to redesign how to teach, learn and operate. Innovation has been a calling card for the college, and one example is the face shield designed by Asst. Professor Maged Guerguis for health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Read about UT Shield.

In 2020, Guerguis was named the McCarty Holsaple McCarty Endowed Professor by McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects and Interior Designers. Read about the endowed professorship and the generosity of MHM.