William T. Snyder said Monday he will step down as chancellor of the

University of Tennessee-Knoxville Dec. 31 and take on a special assignment

for UT President Wade Gilley.

Snyder, named UT-Knoxville's fifth chancellor in July 1992, will work with

the president on academic issues as acting senior vice president until June

30, 2000.

Provost John Peters will be interim chancellor starting Jan. 1, Gilley


"When I visited with Dr. Gilley in Huntington (W. Va.) before he came to

UT, I indicated my intention to step down at a time convenient to the

president," Snyder said. "I look forward to working with Dr. Gilley in a

new role."

Gilley said Snyder's experience as a professor, department head, dean and

chancellor will be an asset in addressing academic issues at the


"Bill Snyder has done a great job in many important positions at the

university. I look forward to working with him on academic issues from the

perspective of the senior vice president's office," Gilley said.

Homer Fisher, UT's senior vice president, announced earlier that he is

retiring Oct. 31. Starting in December, Fisher will work part-time in UT's

Oak Ridge office.

Snyder joined the UT faculty at the Space Institute in Tullahoma in 1964

and came to Knoxville in 1970 as head of engineering science and mechanics.

He was named dean of engineering in 1983.

He served as acting vice chancellor for academic affairs and acting

chancellor before assuming the position permanently in 1992.

A Knox County native, he received his bachelor's degree in engineering from

UT in 1954 and earned his master's and doctoral degrees in engineering from

Northwestern University.