MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Tennessee Board of Regents has named a new President for Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. The Regents have awarded the post to Phillip Oldham.
Dr. Oldham is currently serving as provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at U.T. Chattanooga. He'll replace current TTU President Bob Bell, who plans to retire in July after 12 years as the school’s leader.
TBR Chancellor John Morgan says Oldham’s background in science is timely.
“There is an interest by the state now of focusing on STEM education. With a very significant background in Chemistry and publications an research that he has done, I think gives him a real strong sense of STEM education and can be in a position to help lead that effort.”
Tennessee Tech has an average enrollment of 12,000 students. The school offers more than 60 areas of study, including three doctoral degrees.