KNOXVILLE – Experienced university administrator Linda C. Martin has been named the next University of Tennessee vice president for academic affairs and student success, UT Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tonjanita Johnson announced today.
Martin, currently director of the second-year transformational experience program at The Ohio State University, was selected following a national search that began in March. She will take office on or before Nov. 1.
“Delivering quality education in living and learning environments that support student success is the foundation of everything we do at the University of Tennessee,” Johnson said. “Linda brings expertise, energy and vision that will help us advance strategic plans and achieve our goals. I look forward to working closely with her and introducing her to our faculty, staff and students this fall.”
Martin will succeed Katie High, who retired after 35 years of service to the University. India Lane is serving as interim vice president during the transition. Lane has been associate vice president for academic affairs and student success since 2015 and assistant vice president since 2011.
Among other responsibilities, the vice president works closely with campus chief academic and student affairs officers to oversee academic and student affairs for the UT System and coordinate mission statements, academic strategic plans, academic policy, shared governance and admission, progression and retention standards. The vice president serves as staff to the Academic Affairs and Student Success Committee of the UT Board of Trustees, the University Life Committee of the UT Board of Trustees and the Subcommittee on Non-Academic Programs.
Martin’s 10-year career at Ohio State also includes serving as the Sanford G. Price and Isabelle P. Barbee Endowed Chair for Teaching, Advising and Learning since 2010 and as associate dean and director for academic programs for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences since 2007.
Previously, she was assistant dean for academic programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University from 2002 to 2007. She began her career in higher education as a faculty member at Kansas State University, serving in the department of animal sciences and industry for 15 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a doctorate from Colorado State University—all in animal science.
To learn more about the search and Martin’s background, visit the search website.