An “accomplished scholar” and “proven team builder” has been named the 17th leader of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, recommended by UT President Joseph DiPietro and approved by the UT board of trustees Friday.
Dr. Steve Angle, senior vice president at Wright State University, will officially become the new chancellor of UTC on July 1.
“Steve is an ideal fit for UTC. He knows what it takes to run a metropolitan campus, and I am confident he and his family will be embraced by the community. He has been a successful faculty member and researcher, and that adds value to his ability to be a leader,” DiPietro said. “Our priority is to make UTC the best institution it can be and to continue the progress that has been made in Chattanooga. I believe Steve will help UTC accomplish its goals and introduce new aspirations.”
Angle thinks filling vacant leadership positions is critical and that those searches need to begin immediately. He also expects to get to know the campus and its culture during his first months on the job.
Angle said he was drawn to UTC because of the opportunity to make a difference at a metropolitan university that’s “right downtown. It’s not a university off isolated, it’s part of the community. It will have a huge impact on the future of the region and Chattanooga. To see them grow together with excellence is an exciting opportunity.”
He is most concerned that students who decide to come to UTC have the chance to thrive in their new environment. He wants to talk with students so that they can tell him not what he wants to hear, but what they really feel.
“How do we treat freshmen in that very critical first semester? How do we help them if they are floundering? There are many different sides to it, not just in the classroom, but being on their own for the first time in the dorm. How do we help support them? Do we provide the right structure?” he said.
Angle hopes to meet with student leaders on a regular basis so that he can stay connected.
Bradley Bell, president of the UTC Student Government Association, served on the search committee for UTC chancellor.
“Students are excited about Dr. Angle’s appointment because he has an open and charismatic personality,” Bell said. “Dr. Angle will be able to connect well with UTC students.”
Before his tenure began at Wright State in 2007, Angle served as dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and director of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Program at the University of California, Riverside.
The new chancellor will replace Roger Brown, who retired Sept. 30, 2012. Dr. Grady Bogue, retired professor of leadership and policy studies at the University of Tennessee, served as interim chancellor.
Angle earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of California, Irvine; a master’s degree in organic chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of California, Irvine.
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