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
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
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
Snyder leaves chancellor's office
Published: Tue Oct 19, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:00 p.m.