University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek: Do not accept your $22,356 pay raise
  • Petitioned Jimmy Cheek

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Chancellor, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Jimmy Cheek
Media Contact for Board of Trustees, University of Tennessee
Gina Stafford
President's Executive Assistant, University of Tennessee
Keith Carver

University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek: Do not accept your $22,356 pay raise

    1. Andrew Doss
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Doss

      Goodlettsville, TN

In 2011, tuition at the University of Tennessee was upped by 12% while UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek received a hefty pay raise. This year, tuition is going up again, and Jimmy Cheek is once again accepting a raise-- a $22,356 raise. He will be making $394,956 a year.

I am about to start my senior year at UT Knoxville studying electrical engineering. I don't think it's right for Chancellor Cheek to accept yet another pay raise during a tuition hike when so many students are struggling to pay as it is. This is unfair to UT students who work many hours a week (on top of their school work) to pay for school. Even then, many of these students will still be up to their neck in student debt after they graduate. Many current UT students are sharing their stories about how they struggle everyday so that they can keep up with tuition and do their best in their classes. This petition isn’t about changing the tuition increase, and it isn’t the job Cheek has done as chancellor.  It’s about the principle that Cheek shouldn’t accept a pay raise during a tuition hike as so many students struggle to keep up with their tuition costs and work load.

This is a matter of principle. The UT Chancellor should not accept a raise during a tuition increase when so many students are struggling to pay already. If you agree, please join me in signing the petition - and if you are a UT student or alum, please do share your story in the comments section!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Cameron Molchan KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a teacher and advocate for students.

      • about 2 years ago

      Education is needed. It shouldn't cost a fortune to learn.

    • Jerrica Walker MEMPHIS, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Another unethical thing UT is yet again doing and getting away with.

    • Clayton Decker SURPRISE, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      Please consider how the money could help students!

    • Kelly Phillips PITTSBURGH, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      The president of my alma mater just accepted a $20,000 pay raise when the school is already facing a 3-4% tuition increase and a difficult/costly transition from quarters to semesters. If an official does something to deserve the raise, then I'd love to see its effects. I side with you and hope you're able to make it through your senior year affordably!


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