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Dean Wayne Davis Honored at Retirement Reception

Dean Wayne Davis

Dean Wayne Davis

UT colleagues, dignitaries, and former administrators turned out to the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials last Friday to celebrate the career of Tickle College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis, who is retiring at the end of June.

Chancellor Beverly Davenport lauded Davis’s accomplishments and presented him with a painting of a peak in the Smoky Mountains, while Interim Provost John Zomchick pointed out that he and Davis have a combined 80 years serving UT.

Deans from UT’s other colleges teamed up to present Davis a top-of-the line Calton brand mandolin case, custom made in UT’s familiar shade of orange.

Former UT President Joe Johnson, JIAM Director and Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering Veerle Keppens, and Tickle College of Engineering Board of Advisors President Bennett Croswell also spoke about the legacy Davis has built at UT. Board of Advisors members contributed $11,000 toward a retirement trip for Dean Davis and his wife, Sylvia.


 

Friends and colleagues enjoyed a retirement reception for Tickle College of Engineering Dean Wayne T. Davis in the main lobby at the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Friends and colleagues enjoyed a retirement reception for Tickle College of Engineering Dean Wayne T. Davis in the main lobby at the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials on Friday, April 6, 2018.


Retirement reception for Tickle College of Engineering Dean Wayne T. Davis at JIAM on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Photos and memorabilia from Dean Davis’s career greeted well-wishers at the reception.

Former UT Chancellor Jimmy D. Cheek, third form left, joined Dean Davis and others at the reception.

Former UT Chancellor Jimmy D. Cheek, third form left, joined Dean Davis and others at the reception.

The gathered crowd enjoyed speakers' comments on Dean Davis career and legacy for the college and university.

The gathered crowd enjoyed speakers’ comments on the dean’s career and legacy for the college and university.

Dean Wayne Davis

Dean Wayne Davis

Chancellor Beverly Davenport lauded Davis’s accomplishments and presented him with a painting of a peak in the Smoky Mountains.

Chancellor Beverly Davenport lauded Davis’s accomplishments and presented him with a painting of a peak in the Smoky Mountains.

Interim Provost John Zomchick pointed out that he and Davis have a combined 80 years serving UT, and presented the Dean with an ornate clock commemorating his service to UT.

Interim Provost John Zomchick pointed out that he and Davis have a combined 80 years serving UT, and presented the dean with an ornate clock commemorating his service to UT.

Deans from UT’s other colleges teamed up to present Davis a top-of-the line Calton brand mandolin case, custom made to include UT’s familiar shade of orange.

Deans from UT’s other colleges teamed up to present Davis a top-of-the-line Calton brand mandolin case, custom made to include UT’s familiar shade of orange.

Dean Davis was assured that the custom-colored Calton brand mandolin case would fit either A or F style mandolins.

Dean Davis was assured that the custom-colored Calton mandolin case would fit either A or F style mandolins.

Tickle College of Engineering Board of Advisors President Bennett Croswell spoke about the legacy Davis has built at UT, with the Board of Advisors contributing to a retirement trip for Dean Davis and his wife, Sylvia.

Tickle College of Engineering Board of Advisors Chair Bennett Croswell spoke about the legacy Davis has built at UT, with the Board of Advisors and others contributing to a retirement trip for Dean Davis and his wife, Sylvia.

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