Vice Chancellor for Student Life Tim Rogers is retiring from UT after more than 38 years at the school.
His retirement comes after a year of surprises in the Department of Student Life.
In late September, a UT student who ended up in the hospital with an extremely dangerous blood alcohol content made national headlines when authorities suggested he had been using an alcohol enema. The student's fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, was subsequently removed from campus and Rogers faced questions from a myriad of news outlets, including CNN. In his official press release, the student, Alexander Broughton, accused Rogers of knowingly disregarding the truth.
On the heels of scandal came more national attention over April's 'Sex Week,' which was stripped of some Student Activity funds after Tennessee legislators questioned the university budget on the Capitol floor. The week was still held, but UT popped up on national media and was questioned for its sudden change of heart in regards to
Early May posed another scandal for Rogers' reign as Vice Chancellor, when Jenny Wright, the director of student judicial affairs, was removed from her post after allegations of sexual relations with student-athletes, including departing Volunteer point guard Trae Golden. Rogers promoted her to director two years ago.
On May 23, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that emails between Rogers and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek included a reference to an "intolerable situation." The emails also contained Rogers' intent to retire, and on June 30 he will fulfill that intent.
Despite the scandalous year for his department, Rogers' legacy as vice chancellor spanned nearly a decade and included involvement in the new RecSports Fields on Sutherland Avenue, Sorority Village, the new Student Health Building, and the planning for the new Student Union and Fred D. Brown Residence Hall.
He became vice chancellor of student life after previously serving as interim vice chancellor and dean of students, and has served at the position for nearly a decade.
In a university press release, the chancellor was quoted as saying that "Tim is a dedicated advocate for our students and has worked tirelessly to make their UT experience even better. We appreciate his leadership of several large-scale efforts that will benefit UT students for many years to come."
"Along with leading significant change, Tim always took great care in listening to our students and making sure their interests and concerns were considered," Cheek said.
Administration plans to begin a nationwide search for a new vice chancellor for the Division of Student Life.
Until a new vice chancellor is hired, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan Martin will assume responsibilities.