Chancellor’s Corner

UT Martin alumni do amazing things every day. This edition of Campus Scene features a story about a difference that our alumni made when they decided to accomplish something great. UTM alumni joined with others to make the new Martin Public Library a reality. 

The vision of Martin Mayor Randy Brundige’s administration backed by a determined group of alumni and others led by Chancellor Emeritus Nick Dunagan rolled up their collective sleeves to raise necessary funding for this state-of-the-art facility. Many others contributed, but as the story tells, UT Martin alumni involvement made an impact not only raising funds during the height of the pandemic, but they helped to tell the story about a facility that has the potential to help transform Martin and the region.

The new library shares many key characteristics with UT Martin.

Providing inclusive centers of learning for all people – UT Martin is a higher education leader in West Tennessee and beyond. The Martin Public Library provides a new “front porch” for Martin and for learning opportunities in the area and region.

Innovating with the future in mind – UT Martin is forming a Blue Oval City steering committee so that we’re ready to welcome this transformational project to West Tennessee. This fall, the new Latimer Engineering and Science Building opens its doors in August to a world of new possibilities for STEM education. The new library reenforces a “town and gown” partnership that’s ready to welcome future innovation and education initiatives. 

Welcoming everyone to gather with us – From the arts to athletics at the university to the Tennessee Soybean Festival and other community and regional events in Martin, the university and city are positioned as never before as prime locations for people to gather and see why Northwest Tennessee is a great destination point.

I couldn’t be prouder of this university and the community in which we live. The progress we see isn’t possible without forward-thinking leaders who see the potential all around us. When you visit the main campus, be sure to travel downtown and see the Martin Public Library. The city and campus skylines are changing to accommodate an exciting future.


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