Signature Authority List

The University of Tennessee’s Bylaws and Contracts Fiscal Policy specify which University employees are allowed to sign contracts on behalf of the University. Only those individuals on this list have authority to sign on behalf of the University. So, if someone’s name is not on this list, they are not authorized to sign on behalf of the University. This applies for all contracts, regardless of dollar value.

List of University employees who are authorized to sign contracts on behalf of The University of Tennessee:

Name: Title: Signature Authority For: Based On: Date of CFO
letter (if applicable):
Dr. Joseph A. DiPietro President All contracts By-laws
Dr. David Millhorn Senior Vice President and Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development All contracts By-laws
Matthew Scoggins General Counsel and Secretary All contracts By-laws
David L. Miller Chief Financial Officer All contracts By-laws
Catherine Mizell Secretary All contracts By-laws
James R. Maples Interim Treasurer All contracts By-laws
Ricky N. McCurry Vice Pres Development and Alumni Affairs All contracts By-laws
James R. Maples Controller

All contracts

CFO letter
July 28, 2014
Mark Paganelli Executive Director, Finance and Administration All contracts* CFO letter January 11, 2015
Dr. Jimmy Cheek Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Delegated Knoxville By-laws/Fiscal Policy
Chris Cimino Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Knoxville  Delegated Knoxville Fiscal Policy
Dr. Steve Angle Chancellor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Delegated Chattanooga By-laws/Fiscal Policy
Dr. Richard Brown Chief Financial Officer, Chattanooga  Delegated Chattanooga Fiscal Policy
Dr. Keith Carver Chancellor, University of Tennessee at Martin Delegated Martin By-laws/Fiscal Policy
Petra McPhearson Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, Martin Delegated Martin Fiscal Policy
Dr. Steve J. Schwab Chancellor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Delegated Memphis By-laws/Fiscal Policy
Anthony Ferrara Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Health Science Center Delegated Memphis Fiscal Policy
Dr. Mark Whorton Executive Director, University of Tennessee Space Institute Delegated UTSI Research CFO letter August 10, 2016
Dr. James L. Simonton Associate Executive Director, University of Tennessee Space Institute Delegated UTSI Research  CFO letter
November 2, 2015
Dr. Taylor Eighmy Vice Chancellor for Research, Knoxville Delegated Knoxville Research Fiscal Policy
Dr. Robert Nobles Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Research Compliance, and Research Integrity Officer Delegated Knoxville Research CFO Letter
June 2, 2014
Jean Mercer Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of Sponsored Programs  Delegated Knoxville Research CFO letter
April 5, 2016
Dr. Janet Nelson Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Research Development. Delegated Knoxville Research CFO Letter
June 2, 2014
Dr. Kennard Brown Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer, Health Science Center Delegated Memphis CFO letter
June 11, 2005
Dr. William F. Brown Dean, University of Tennessee AgResearch Delegated 11 Research CFO letter
October 13, 2010
Dr. Tim Cross Chancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Delegated Entity 11,12 & 18 By-laws/Fiscal Policy
Cynthia Nichols Budget Director, University of Tennessee AgResearch Delegated 11 Fiscal Policy
Tim Fawver Chief Business Officer to the Chancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Delegated UTIA Fiscal Policy
Dr. Caula Beyl Dean, College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources Delegated College Grants & Contracts CFO letter
October 13, 2010
?Dr. Delton Gerloff Interim Dean, University of Tennessee Extension Service Delegated  12 Grants & Contracts CFO letter
?September 9, 2016
Gail White Chief Business Officer, Institute of Public Service Delegated 13,14 & 15       Fiscal Policy
Dr. Herb Byrd Vice President of Public Service Delegated 13, 14, & 15 Fiscal Policy
James R. Maples Controller Delegated 17  Fiscal Policy
Ron Loewen Chief Business Officer, University Wide Administration Delegated 17 Fiscal Policy
Dr. James Thompson Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine Delegated 18 CFO letter
June 6, 2012
Tonya Kenley Budget Director, College of Veterinary Medicine Delegated 18 Fiscal Policy
Ryan Stinnett Associate General Counsel
  • Designer Agreements
  • Designer Agreement Supplements
  • Construction Contracts
  • CMGC Contract Amendments
  • Gift Property Contracts for Amounts Greater than $24,999.99
CFO Letter
June 18, 2015
John Abel Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs UT Martin pre-approved forms CFO Letter (please upload attached letter) CBO Letter
November 17, 2015
Blake Reagan Director, Procurement Services MMCAP applications CFO Letter
December 15, 2015
Hiliah M. Corbin Investment Officer Contracts related to investments, funds transfers, and managing investments, including contracts for subscriptions CFO Letter July 27, 2016
Timothy F. Mapes Associate Treasurer Contracts related to investments, funds transfers, and managing investments, including contracts for subscriptions CFO Letter July 27, 2016
Rip Mecherle, CFA Chief Investment Officer Contracts related to investments, funds transfers, and managing investments, including contracts for subscriptions CFO Letter July 27, 2016
Office Of Procurement/ Purchasing Staff Procurement Services Order forms related to library master agreements CFO Letter
December 15, 2015
       
Robbi Stivers Executive Director, Capital Projects Specified real property contracts CFO Letter
May 15, 2015
Mike Keener Director of Licensing Office College Crafter Agreements only CFO letter
May 16, 2012
Kiara Castleman Coordinator II Tennessee Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Program forms CFO letter October 5, 2016
*In James R. Maples absence
**Officials authorized to execute contracts may not delegate this authority to anyone except other authorized officials listed below. Authorized officials, however, may delegate authority to athletics directors to sign non-financial game contracts; to housing directors to sign pre-approved form contracts for the rental of student housing; or to 4-H Center managers to sign income generating rental agreements. Other delegations require prior approval by the University’s Chief Financial Officer.
Name   Type of contracts Based On Date of CBO
letter
John Able   Pre-approved forms for
student housing
Letter from
CBO
November 18, 2015



If you have any questions about this list, please contact Blake Reagan, Director of Procurement Services for University System Administration at breagan@tennessee.edu or 865-974-3971.