The University of Tennessee’s bylaws (Article VII section 7.6) and Contracts Fiscal Policy (FI0420) specify which University employees are allowed to sign contracts on behalf of the University.  Only those individuals on the list below 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.  The University is not bound by unauthorized signatures.


If you have questions about this webpage, please contact Blake Reagan at


Per FI0420: An official otherwise authorized to sign a contract on behalf of the university may
not do so for contracts involving entities in which that individual is also an officer
or a member of the board of directors.


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


Page last updated: April 29, 2022


First NameLast NameTitleSignature AuthorityBased OnDate of CFO letter (if applicable)
Procurement Services/Purchasing OfficesProcurement and Purchasing staff in UTC, UTM, UTHSC, and UTK procurement/purchasing officesOrder forms related to master agreementsCFO letterDecember 15, 2015
Dr. Steven R. AngleChancellor, University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaDelegated ChattanoogaFI0420
Dr. Caula BeylDean, College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural ResourcesDelegated College Grants & ContractsCFO letterOctober 13, 2010
Mr. RandyBoydPresidentAll contractsBylaws (Article VII section 7.6.)
Dr. Kennard BrownExecutive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer, Health Science CenterDelegated MemphisCFO letterJune 11, 2005
Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MDChancellor, University of Tennessee Health Science CenterDelegated MemphisFI0420
Dr. Herb ByrdVice President of Public ServiceDelegated 13, 14, & 15FI0420
Dr. Keith CarverChancellor, University of Tennessee at MartinDelegated MartinFI0420
Chris CiminoVice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Knoxville Non-binding agreements with foreign entities for collaboration/affiliation. CFO letterJune 26, 2017
Chris CiminoVice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Knoxville Delegated KnoxvilleFI0420
Dr. DeborahCrawfordVice Chancellor for ResearchDelegated domestic sponsored grants and contractsFI0420
Dr. JenniferEasleyChief Business Office, UT System AdministrationAll budget entity 17CFO MemoApril 28, 2022
Tim FawverChief Business Officer, University of Tennessee Institute of AgricultureDelegated UTIAFI0420
Anthony FerraraVice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Health Science CenterDelegated MemphisFI0420
TylerForrestExecutive Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Chattanooga Delegated ChattanoogaFI0420
StaciFuquaCoordinator of Field PlacementsPartnership agreements with local schools on the UTM template.CFO emailFebruary 18, 2021
KristenaGallimoreAccounting CoordinatorTennessee Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Program forms.CFO letterJanuary 8, 2021
Dr. Steven R. GoodmanVice Chancellor for Research, UTHSCDelegated domestic sponsored grants and contracts, and related documents, for UTHSC.CFO letterSeptember 8, 2015
Mike KeenerDirector of Licensing OfficeCollege Crafter Agreements onlyCFO letterMay 16, 2012
Tonya KenleyBudget Director, College of Veterinary MedicineDelegated 18FI0420
MissyKittsBudget DirectorDelegated contracts for UT Extension and UTIA Administration.CFO MemoMarch 30, 2022
Dr. MarkLa BrancheChancellor, UT SouthernDelegated UT SouthernFI0420
Ron LoewenChief Business Officer, University Wide AdministrationAll budget entity 17CFO letterJanuary 20, 2017
Ron LoewenChief Business Officer, University Wide AdministrationDelegated 17FI0420
LukeLybrandTreasurerAll contractsBylaws (Article VII section 7.6.)
TimMapesAssociate Treasurercontracts related to investments, funds transfers, and managing investments, including contracts for subscriptions.CFO letter08/31/2021
Dr. LindaMartinInterim Senior Vice President/Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of AgricultureDelegated Entity 11,12 & 18FI0420President's announcement
Petra McPhearson Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, MartinDelegated MartinFI0420
Rip MecherleChief Investment Officercontracts related to investments, funds transfers, and managing investments, including contracts for subscriptions.CFO letter08/31/2021
Jean MercerAssociate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration Delegated Knoxville ResearchCFO letterApril 5, 2016
DavidMillerSenior Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerAll contractsBylaws (Article VII section 7.6.)
CynthiaMooreSecretaryAll contractsBylaws (Article VII section 7.6.)
Brenda MurrellDirector, Office of Sponsored Programs/Grants Research grant proposals and related documents.CFO letterMay 15, 2017
DonnaNeblettDirector of Educator Preparation Program & AccreditationPartnership agreements with local schools on the UTM template.CFO emailFebruary 18, 2021
Cynthia NicholsBudget Director, University of Tennessee AgResearchDelegated 11FI0420
AustinOakesExecutive DirectorContracts related to construction and real property. CFO letterDecember 6, 2019
Dr. StaceyPattersonVice President for Research, Outreach, and Economic DevelopmentThe UT Intellectual Property Agreement (for a visitor engaged in research), pursuant to UT policy RE00002.CFO letterDecember 10, 2020
Dr. DondePlowmanChancellor, University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleDelegated KnoxvilleFI0420
Dr. SarahPruettAssistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Institutional Research Integrity OfficerIRB; IBC; Radiation Safety; Export Control; Research Integrity (See memo for more details)Click hereDecember 6, 2019
Blake ReaganDirector of Procurement ServicesMinnesota Multistate Contract Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP) applicationsCFO letterDecember 16, 2015
Dr. JoanneRomagniVice Chancellor for ResearchDomestic grants and contracts for UTC's sponsored researchFI0420
RobbySheltonChief Business OfficerDelegated contracts for UT SouthernFI0420
Dr. James ("Jim")Simonton Associate Executive Director, Dean for Academic Affairs,Delegated research agreements for UTSI.CFO letter August 16, 2017
RyanStinnettGeneral Counsel Authority to retain outside legal counsel (Bylaws); contracts for legal consulting services and legal research goods and services (CFO letter).Bylaws Section 7.7; CFO letter September 18, 2019
RyanStinnettGeneral CounselAll contracts when signing "as to form and legality."Click hereJune 26, 2018
RyanStinnettGeneral CounselDesigner agreements; designer agreement supplements; construction contracts; CMGC contract amendments; gift property contracts for amounts greater than $24,999.99.CFO letterJune 18, 2015
Ryan StinnettGeneral CounselContracts for legal consulting services; contracts for legal research goods and servicesCFO letterAugust 23, 2021
Dr. AshleyStokesUT ExtensionDelegated contracts for UTIACFO letterMarch 5, 2021
AmyStoverBudget DirectorDelegated UTIA, in Mr. Fawver's absence.CFO letterDecember 4, 2017
Dr. James P. ThompsonDean, College of Veterinary MedicineDelegated 18CFO letterJune 6, 2012
SarahWhiteAssociate Vice Chancellor for ResearchDelegated research grant proposals and related documents; confidentiality agreements; material transfer agreements; data agreements; and related documents.CFO lettersDecember 13, 2018, May 28, 2018
Dr. Mark WhortonExecutive Director, University of Tennessee Space InstituteDelegated UTSI Research CFO letterAugust 10, 2016
KerryWitcherVice President for Development and Alumni AffairsContracts related to planned giving. Mr. Witcher may not sign contracts between UTFI and UT, per FI0420.August 3, 2018
RumiraXhaferaj Chief Business Officer, Institute of Public ServiceDelegated 13,14 & 15 FI0420
Dr. HongweiXinDean, AgResearchDelegated contracts for AgResearchCFO letterApril 11, 2019
Dr. StevenYoungentobSenior Associate Vice Chancellor for ResearchDelegated domestic sponsored grants and contracts, and related documents, for UTHSC.CFO letterSeptember 8, 2015
**UT Contracts Fiscal Policy allows authorized officials to delegate signature authority to athletics directors to sign non-financial game contracts and housing directors to sign pre-approved form contracts for the rental of student housing. The following individuals have been delegated that authority:
Name Type of Contracts Based On Date of CBO Letter
John Abel Pre-approved forms for student housing Letter from CBO September 11, 2015

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