Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Summit

Addressing Gaps and Barriers in the UT Student Experience: Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success

November 10-11, 2022
Drury Plaza Inn Nashville Downtown


Nov. 10 – Day One Schedule

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Summit Check-in

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker (Belmont)

Randy Boyd, president, UT System

Dr. Bernie Savarese, acting vice president for academic affairs and student success, UT System

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Presentation (Belmont)
Dr. Bridget Burns, chief executive officer, University Innovation Alliance

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:10 p.m.
Q&A with Dr. Bridget Burns (Belmont)

3:10 – 3:20 p.m.

3:20 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 1: Campus Student Success Presentations and Discussion (Assigned Rooms)

UT Chattanooga

  • Session Topic: Using data to address gaps and barriers to student success
  • Location: Charlotte
  • Presenter(s): Matt Matthews, Stacie Grisham, Sherry Marlow-Ormsby

UT Health Science Center

  • Session Topic: Spanning institutional boundaries or divisions to address gaps and barriers to student success
  • Location: Belle Meade A
  • Presenter(s): Charlie Snyder, Kathy Lovett, Lyndsay Pittman

UT Knoxville

  • Session Topic: Developing new programs or policies to address gaps and barriers to student success
  • Location: Belmont Ballroom
  • Presenter(s): Leonard Clemons, Byron Hughes

UT Martin

  • Session Topic: Leveraging technology to address gaps and barriers to student success
  • Location: Belle Meade B
  • Presenter(s): Brad Baumgardner, Jamie Mantooth, Erica Bell

UT Southern

    • Session Topic: Developing strategic planning goals to address gaps and barriers to student success
    • Location: Old Hickory
    • Presenter(s): Judy Cheatham, Chris Mattingly, Daniel McMasters, Matthew Little


4:00 – 4:15 p.m.

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Session 2: Facilitated Discussions (Assigned Rooms)

Session Title: Strategically Removing Achievement Gaps

Group 1 (Orange): Belle Meade A

  • Co-Facilitators: CJ Sandidge and Doug Renalds (UTK)
  • Notetaker: Katie Jones

Group 2 (Green): Charlotte

  • Co-Facilitators: Charlie Snyder and Tia Kofahl (UTHSC)
  • Notetaker: Doree Brown

Group 3 (Pink): Bell Meade B

  • Co-Facilitators: Sarah Catherine Richardson and Matthew Little (UTS)
  • Notetaker: Jana Hammontree

Group 4 (Blue): Old Hickory

  • Co-Facilitators: Jamie Mantooth and Kameron Echols (UTM)
  • Notetaker: Mandeep Brar

Group 5 (Black): Belmont Ballroom

  • Co-Facilitators: Jason Harville and Brett Fuchs (UTC)
  • Notetaker: Annemarie Thomas

Starting at 5:30pm, there will be a reception on the 8th floor for Summit attendees.

Day One Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bridget Burns

Dr. Bridget Burns
As a trusted advisor to university presidents and policymakers, Dr. Bridget Burns is on a mission to transform the way institutions think about and take action on behalf of low-income, first generation, and students of color. She is the founding CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, a multi-campus laboratory for student success innovation that helps university leaders dramatically accelerate the implementation of scalable solutions to increase the number and diversity of college graduates.

Named one of the “16 Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly magazine, Dr. Burns has helped the UIA campuses increase their low-income graduates by 46%, and increase graduates of color by 85% since 2014. Bridget was also recognized by Diverse Issues as one of “35 Leading Women in Higher Education” in 2020. Her work has been highlighted in national outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company, 60 Minutes, and was featured in the documentary “Unlikely.”


Nov. 11 – Day Two Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Check-in and Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker Presentation (Belmont)
Dr. Jorge Perez, associate vice president of institutional effectiveness, UT System

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Student Success Panel Discussion (Belmont)


  • Leonard Clemons: Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, UT Knoxville
  • Stacie Grisham: Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Success, UT Chattanooga
  • Brad Baumgardner: Director of Retention, UT Martin
  • Kathy Lovett: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion, UT Health Science Center
  • Matthew Little: Student Success Coordinator, UT Southern

Facilitator: Dr. Bernie Savarese, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs & Student Success and Associate Vice President for Student Success, UT System

10:35 – 11:05 a.m.
Campus Debrief Session (Assigned Rooms)

  • UTC: Belmont Ballroom​
  • UTHSC: Charlotte​
  • UTK: Belle Meade A​
  • UTM: Belle Meade B​
  • UTS: Old Hickory

11:05 – 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Be One UT: Conversations for Action (Belmont)

End/Boxed Lunch
Day Two Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jorge Pérez

Dr. Jorge Pérez
Dr. Jorge Pérez, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness, joined the UT System in 2018 after twenty years at Kennesaw State University, where he was vice provost for institutional effectiveness, SACSCOC accreditation liaison, and professor of information systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in information systems from Florida State University. Digital literacy is the focus of his current research.

The recipient of a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, Jorge spent the 2013 academic year in Boston analyzing the strategic plans of constituents of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Council on International Relations; he has served on the boards of the Informing Science Institute, Latin American Association, and Atlanta Electronic Commerce Forum. Jorge has industry experience as a systems analyst, web developer, and consultant. He was inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame in 2019.

Jorge is an Ironman Lake Placid finisher who enjoys running, cycling, teaching spin classes, and hiking with his rescue pit bull, Murphy.