2018: Dr. Margaret Perry

Margaret Perry has always been a trailblazer with the determination to get things done. She was the first female dean for graduate studies at UT Knoxville, then first female associate vice president for academic affairs at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, and in 1986 she was appointed to serve as the sixth chancellor of UT Martin. She was the first UT Martin alumna to serve as the institution’s chancellor and the first woman to be appointed chancellor or president of any university in Tennessee. During her eleven years as chancellor, UT Martin flourished, transformed by major building expansions, unprecedented enrollment growth, the accreditation of all campus programs, the surpassing of funding goals for the University system’s 21st Century Campaign, and the school’s athletic standing being increased to a Division 1 athletics program.