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: December 6, 2018


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. RandyBoydInterim PresidentAll contractsBylaws (Article VII section 7.6.)
Dr. Kennard BrownExecutive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer, Health Science CenterDelegated MemphisCFO letterJune 11, 2005
Dr. Richard BrownChief Financial Officer, Chattanooga Delegated ChattanoogaFI0420
Dr. RobertBurnsDean of UT ExtensionDelegated 12 Grants & ContractsCFO letterAugust 2, 2017
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
Hiliah M. CorbinInvestment Officercontracts related to investments, funds transfers, and managing investments, including contracts for subscriptions.CFO letterJuly 26, 2016
Dr. TimCrossChancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of AgricultureContracts with foreign entities when on a UT-approved template. Click hereOctober 29, 2018
Dr. Tim CrossChancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of AgricultureDelegated Entity 11,12 & 18FI0420
MichelleCrowderInterim Executive DirectorContracts related to construction and real property. CFO letterApril 21, 2017
Dr. Wayne T. DavisInterim Chancellor, University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleDelegated KnoxvilleFI0420
Tim FawverChief Business Officer to the Chancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of AgricultureDelegated UTIAFI0420
Anthony FerraraVice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Health Science CenterDelegated MemphisFI0420
Dr. Steven R. GoodmanVice Chancellor for Research, UTHSCIRB authorization agreementsCFO letterJanuary 25, 2017
Mike KeenerDirector of Licensing OfficeCollege Crafter Agreements onlyCFO letterMay 16, 2012
Tonya KenleyBudget Director, College of Veterinary MedicineDelegated 18FI0420
Dr. Edward KraftAssociate Executive Director of ResearchDelegated UTSI Research CFO letterFebruary 2, 2017
Ron LoewenChief Business Officer, University Wide AdministrationAll 17CFO letterJanuary 20, 2017
Ron LoewenChief Business Officer, University Wide AdministrationDelegated 17FI0420
Timothy F. MapesAssociate Treasurercontracts related to investments, funds transfers, and managing investments, including contracts for subscriptions.CFO letterJuly 26, 2016
James R. MaplesTreasurerAll contractsBylaws (Article VII section 7.6.)
KelseyMcCallAccounting CoordinatorTennessee Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Program forms.Click hereMarch 7, 2018
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 letterJuly 26, 2016
Jean MercerAssistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of Sponsored Programs Delegated Knoxville ResearchCFO letterApril 5, 2016
David L. MillerChief Financial OfficerAll contractsBylaws (Article VII section 7.6.)
Catherine MizellSecretaryAll contractsBylaws (Article VII section 7.6.)
Brenda MurrellDirector, Office of Sponsored Programs/Grants Research grant proposals and related documents.CFO letterMay 15, 2017
Cynthia NicholsBudget Director, University of Tennessee AgResearchDelegated 11FI0420
Dr. Robert NoblesInterim Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement and as Associate Vice Chancellor for ResearchDelegated Knoxville ResearchCFO letterJune 2, 2014
Mark PaganelliExecutive DirectorAll 17CFO letterJanuary 20, 2017
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
Dr. Steve J. SchwabChancellor, University of Tennessee Health Science CenterDelegated MemphisFI0420
MatthewScogginsGeneral Counsel Authority to retain outside legal counsel.Bylaws Section 7.7.
Dr. James ("Jim")Simonton Associate Executive Director, Dean for Academic Affairs,Delegated research agreements for UTSI.CFO letter August 16, 2017
RyanStinnettDeputy General CounselAll contracts when signing "as to form and legality."Click hereJune 26, 2018
RyanStinnettDeputy General CounselDesigner agreements; designer agreement supplements; construction contracts; CMGC contract amendments; gift property contracts for amounts greater than $24,999.99.CFO letterJune 18, 2015
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 confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, data agreements, and related documents. CFO letterDecember 13, 2018
Gail WhiteChief Business Officer, Institute of Public ServiceDelegated 13,14 & 15 FI0420
Dr. Mark WhortonExecutive Director, University of Tennessee Space InstituteDelegated UTSI Research CFO letterAugust 10, 2016
KerryWitcherInterim Vice President for Development and Alumni AffaitsContracts related to planned giving. Mr. Witcher may not sign contracts between UTFI and UT, per FI0420.August 3, 2018
Dr. StevenYoungentobSenior Associate Vice Chancellor for ResearchDelegated domestic sponsored grants and contracts 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.