Dixie Thompson (Ph.D. ’92 Health & PE) has been named vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She will take the post April 1.
A faculty member since 1994, Thompson has been serving as associate dean for research and academic affairs in UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. She is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies and served as the department head from 2008 until 2012.
As vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, Thompson will oversee all aspects of graduate education on the Knoxville campus and at the UT Space Institute.
“Dixie has a wealth of leadership experience and will offer a fresh perspective on how we recruit diverse and exceptional graduate students and provide a quality experience for them,” Provost Susan Martin said. “As we complete our update of Vol Vision, we will rely on Dixie to help us define measures of excellence in graduate education, improve services for graduate students,and develop strategies to grow our graduate program.”