The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will hold a historic investiture of its 11th chancellor, Peter Buckley, MD, Friday, November 4.
An investiture is a time-honored tradition in academia, during which the university will formally confer the authority and symbols of the office on Chancellor Buckley, who began his tenure at UTHSC in February.
The investiture ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. Among those invited to attend are leaders of area academic institutions, business and community leaders, government officials, friends of the university, alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
The event will provide Chancellor Buckley an opportunity to share his vision for the future of UTHSC, the state’s public academic health care institution. In his inaugural address in February, the chancellor highlighted his interest in fostering increased collaboration across UTHSC’s campuses statewide to further strengthen the university’s role as an academic and clinical health care leader for Tennessee. He also emphasized focus on the importance of philanthropic giving for the university.
The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s statewide operation, which includes six doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges on the Memphis campus – Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions – as well as major regional clinical health science locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville.
The chancellor pledged in his inaugural address to embark on listening tours at the campuses across the state with community leaders, employees, students, elected officials, and alumni to learn more about UTHSC and its needs and opportunities.
“Our leadership team, in Memphis and statewide, is a highly committed group of colleagues. I’m most grateful for their experience and advice.”Chancellor Peter Buckley
In the week leading up to his investiture, Chancellor Buckley is traveling the state with University of Tennessee System President Randy Boyd October 31 through November 2 to meet with stakeholders at various hospitals and academic and clinical sites on what is being called, “The Everywhere You Look, UTHSC” tour.
More information about the installation is available at uthsc.edu/investiture.