Distinguished Professor and Chancellor Emeritus
Jimmy G. Cheek began serving as Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on February 1, 2009. Prior to his current position, he was Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida. In 2007-08, expenditures were approximately $312 million, over half of which was non-state appropriations.
Cheek was dean of the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) from 1999-2004. Today, CALS has more than 1,100 graduate students and almost 4,000 undergraduate students and is the fourth largest college at the University of Florida.
Cheek joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1975 as assistant professor of Agricultural Education and Communication and was promoted to professor in 1985. His numerous awards include Teacher of the Year for CALS, Alpha Zeta Professor of the Year, and first recipient of the University of Florida Faculty Superior Accomplishment Award. He is a fellow of the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and was awarded the Ensminger-Interstate Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1998, he received the Morton Wolfson Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to the quality of student life at the University of Florida. He was named fellow by the American Association for Agricultural Education in 2005.
Cheek has authored more than 80 journal articles and reports and is the senior author of a text book. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta, and Phi Delta Kappa honor societies, held major leadership positions in professional organizations and has served in numerous leadership and governance roles at the University of Florida.
Cheek earned his BS degree with high honors and his PhD from Texas A & M University. He received his master’s degree from Lamar University.
A native of Texas, he is married to Ileen. They have two adult children and one granddaughter.