Proper Names

Divisions, Departments and Offices; Senior Staff Titles

The table below lists the official names of the UT System Administration divisions, departments and offices as well as senior staff titles. Division, department and office notes reporting structure. For example, offices report to departments and departments report to divisions. While the unit names and staff titles below are capitalized, be sure to check the capitalization rules when using these names.

Visit for the current names and titles of senior administrators reporting to the UT president.

Office NameSenior Staff Title(s)
Office of the PresidentUniversity of Tennessee President Randy Boyd
Division of Academic Affairs and Student SuccessVice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success
Division of Audit and ComplianceChief Audit and Compliance Officer
Division of Finance and AdministrationSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Treasurer; Chief Investment Officer; Controller
Division of Communications and MarketingVice President for Communications and Marketing
Division of the General CounselGeneral Counsel
Division of Government Relations and AdvocacyVice President for Government Relations and Advocacy
Department of Human ResourcesChief Human Resources Officer
Department of Institutional EffectivenessAssociate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
Division of ResearchVice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development
University of Tennessee Alumni AssociationVice President for Development and Alumni Affairs
UT Foundation, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer

Doctor or ‘Dr.’

Within body copy on official websites, broadcast emails, and press releases, the abbreviation Dr. is used only before the name of a person who holds a medical (MD or DVM) degree. Use Dr. in first reference as a formal title before the name of an individual who holds a doctor of dental surgery, doctor of medicine, doctor of optometry, doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of podiatric medicine, or doctor of veterinary medicine: Dr. Jonas Salk.

The form Dr., or Drs., in a plural construction, applies to all first-reference uses before a name, including direct quotations. Do not continue the use of Dr. in subsequent references.

Do not use Dr. before the names of individuals who hold other types of doctoral degrees. Instead, when necessary or appropriate for a specific audience: Cassandra Karoub, who has a doctorate in mathematics, was lead researcher. In a list: Stephanie D’Ercole, Ph.D.

The title Dr. is not used before the names of people who hold other doctoral degrees or honorary doctoral degrees.