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TTU Trustees Appoint Cynthia Polk-Johnson As New VP Of Student Affairs

Tennessee Tech’s Board of Trustees has named Cynthia Polk-Johnson as the university’s new Vice President of Student Affairs. The board met and approved President Phil Oldham’s hiring recommendation Monday. Johnson said Tech’s care for students and opportunity for growth motivated her to seek the job. “I noticed one of the things that caught my attention right off hand was the ... Read More »

Tech’s Cybersecurity Program And University Employees Benefit From New State Budget

Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham said Governor Bill Lee’s state budget passed last week is good news for the university. $500,000 were allocated to Tech’s Cybersecurity Education and Research Center. Oldham said that funding will be used for outreach and educational activities for students in the program. “They specialize in helping students prepare for the workforce in cybersecurity,” Oldham said. ... Read More »

State Funding Secured For Tech’s New Engineering Building

Tennessee Tech has been approved for the state funding needed to break ground on its new engineering building. Construction funding for the project was delayed last year due to COVID-related budget concerns. But, Governor Bill Lee’s recently passed budget has the needed funds. President Phil Oldham said just under $50 million has been allocated for the project. “Funding for the ... Read More »

TTU Health Services Becoming Campus Vaccination Site

Tennessee Tech Student Health Services is set to become a vaccination location. President Phil Oldham said the university should be receiving and administering vaccines in about two weeks. “They will follow the state of Tennessee’s phasing and criteria schedule,” Oldham said. “But it will allow a much more convenient location for the campus community to access vaccinations. So, we are ... Read More »

Majority Of TTU Classes Return In-Person This Fall

About 80 percent of Tennessee Tech’s undergraduate classes will be in-person this fall. President Phil Oldham said class capacities will be limited, but more sections will be offered to make room for students. “We are planning for continued reduced capacity in the classrooms, because we don’t know exactly yet what we are going to be facing,” Oldham said. “But with ... Read More »

Bells Ring At Tech, Across Putnam Honoring 19 Lives Lost

Hundreds of Tennessee Tech students signed up for volunteer efforts over the Spring semester and Spring break as part of the campus remembrance of the 2020 tornado. Tennessee Tech President Dr. Phil Oldham said Tech is blessed to be a part of a community with a strong, healthy spirit. “Words cannot express our gratitude to all the first responders and ... Read More »

Tech Will Remain Closed Friday

Tennessee Tech will not open its campus on Friday. President Phil Oldham said on his Twitter account that despite the Winter weather warning being lifted, heavy snow has led to the closure. Oldham said due to snow and safety issues, classes are canceled and offices will remain closed. Tech was not able to open at all this week due to ... Read More »

Tennessee Tech Plans To Increase Diversity In Student Population

Tennessee Tech is working towards a long-term diversity goal, after creating a short-term plan to address diversity within departments. President Phil Oldham said with minority students making up 17 percent of the campus population, the goal is to reach 22 percent. Oldham said there is not a set time frame, but would like to see this change in the next ... Read More »

Tech President Sees Campus Protocol Leading To Successful Spring

Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham said he’s seeing the campus get off to a more active start than in the Fall. Oldham said he’s pleased to see students continuing to follow COVID guidelines, even noticing more students wearing masks outside on campus. “Through all that hard work we’ve been able to keep our case counts down to less than half ... Read More »

Tennessee Tech Creates New Position To Increase Diversity

Tennessee Tech will select a Diversity Champion for every academic college and administration unit. President Phil Oldham said the Diversity Champions have been identified, and will begin meeting as a group and training. Oldham said he anticipates the university will get the Diversity Champions program fully functional by the Spring. “We’ve got to get moving, we’ve talked about diversity on ... Read More »