UTC Chancellor-elect Dr. Steven Angle and Interim Chancellor Dr. Grady Bogue have named Dr. Jerald Ainsworth as the new provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Previously, Ainsworth served as the dean of the Graduate School. He has worked at UTC since 2010 and holds a tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He will assume his new role June 1, working with Interim Provost Mary Tanner on a transition plan for Graduate School leadership.

“Dr. Ainsworth has an impressive record of outstanding teaching, administrative leadership and scholarly research to bring to the provost’s role,” Angle said. “As a relative newcomer to UTC, he has the unique opportunity to bring both a new and a familiar perspective to the campus leadership team. I very much look forward to working with him.”


According to a prepared statement, Ainsworth made successful modifications and policy developments for improvement in graduate program quality and operations during his time as dean.

Before coming to UTC, he worked as the dean of research and graduate studies at Southeastern Louisiana University. He has also worked at Mississippi State University and holds degrees from Delta State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

“Dr. Ainsworth certainly distinguished himself from a very strong pool of candidates and four especially outstanding finalists who visited campus,” Angle said. “Dr. Bogue and I want to thank the search committee for doing a tremendous job on a short timeline. And we also want to acknowledge the faculty, staff, students, alumni, foundation board and community members who participated in the interview process. Their feedback and input was invaluable in the selection of Dr. Ainsworth.”

Ainsworth has published in numerous publications, and he alsoreceived the SmithKline Beecham Award for Research Excellence in 1990 and 1992.