Dr. Jerald Ainsworth, dean of the graduate school at UTC, has been named provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, it was announced Monday.
Ainsworth will assume his new responsibilities on June 1, a news release from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga states. He will work with interim Provost Mary Tanner on a transition plan for graduate school leadership.
"Dr. Ainsworth has an impressive record of outstanding teaching, administrative leadership, and scholarly research to bring to the provost's role," said UTC Chancellor-elect Steven Angle in the news release. "As a relative newcomer to UTC, he has the unique opportunity to bring both a new and a familiar perspective to the campus leadership team. I very much look forward to working with him."
Ainsworth joined UTC in 2010 as dean and holds a tenured faculty appointment in the department of biological and environmental sciences, according to UTC.
He earned a bachelor's degree in biophysics from Delta State University and a master's degree in immunopathology and doctorate in immunology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.