UTC Interim Provost Robert Dooley recently jumped out of an airplane in an effort to bring attention to university programs.

Being strapped to a member of the Army’s Golden Knights eased Dooley’s nerves and allowed him to focus on promoting some of UTC’s military-related programs, including the UTC Army ROTC program and Veteran Entrepreneurship Program, according to a news release.

“I’m super-excited about the jump and honored that I was asked,” Dooley said before the jump. “I have no trepidation about the jump; I will be jumping with the best of the best.”

The two-and-a-half mile leap is a part of an annual event in which ROTC cadets and university administrators meet to discuss how the two entities can improve their relations.

“There is something special about voluntarily exiting a high-performance aircraft and pumped that Dr. Dooley bravely volunteered to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Beavers said. “His commitment to free falling from 14,000 feet is synonymous with his commitment to veterans in our community and the Army ROTC program here at UTC.”

More information on Dr. Dooley’s jump and the programs highlighted can be found online.